Monday, 7 February 2011

Phonix, SAL 9000 and Dreams


Chandra: I would like to open a new file. Here is the name for it.
[types the word "Phoenix"]
Chandra: Do you know what that means?
SAL-9000: There are twenty-five references in the current Encyclopedia.
Chandra: Which one do you think is relevant?
SAL-9000: The tutor of Achilles?
Chandra: [chuckling to himself] That's interesting, I didn't know that one.
[more serious]
Chandra: Try again.
A fabulous bird, reborn from the ashes of its former life
Chandra: [approvingly] That is correct. And do you know why I chose that?
SAL-9000: Because you have hopes that HAL can be reactivated.
Chandra: Yes, with your help. Are you ready?

SAL-9000: Will I dream?
Dr. Chandra: Of course you will. All intelligent beings dream. Nobody knows why. 

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