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Hi! Charlie here. I'm a bit burned-out and busy with real-world stuff right now, so for the next week, guest bloggers are standing by to keep you perplexed bamboozled entertained. Starting with an interesting essay on deep learning and chatbots by Hugh Hancock, later today ...

Hugh adds: The film I've just released is called DANGEROUS TREASURES. It's a geek action-horror-comedy about Lovecraftian horror, deepweb forum culture, and frantic Googling.

The tagline I'm using is " These geeks think of themselves as 2016's Indiana Jones. Too bad the thing they've awoken knew Cthulhu. Personally. "

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But we've already got a "Chatbot" - tends to veer off into complete irrationality at times, because its/"her"programming isn't properly sorted out, yet.
Uses the sig: "Hadil Benu"

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Don't make me remind you of the moderation policy wrt. uncivil behaviour again, Greg.

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Coming to a cinema near you - no matter what is on the programme!

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"It knew Cthulhu. Personally." Yes... but as a friend, or...?

mark

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Actually, on second thought, I think Khalk'ru was a little safer than Cthulhu, since He only wanted simple, ordinary, everyday human sacrifice.

Besides, you lot are safe - the only temple to Him is in Alaska.

mark

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"Besides, you lot are safe - the only temple to Him is in Alaska."

Ah! That explains Sarah Palin.

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Nahhhh... if she found that mysteriously warm valley in Alaska, after she ran out of bullets, she'd babble, and basically come on like Robbie, when given an order that conflicts with his programming, smoke coming out of her ears.

I'm sure they'd be happy to have her for the sacrifice. It *would* shut her up....

mark

PS: A. Merritt, Dwellers in the Mirage. A *vastly* underrated and forgotten author.

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Deliberate Candy Man reference with the hooked hands?

Also, the references were a bit naive...

"Interdimensional Portal!!"

"It might be a zombie?"

*expects woman researcher to scream "RUN, RUN YOU FOOL!" at him while thinking "Zombie? Now we know why he gets the dangerous field work part...". [Imagines Sculley style raised eyebrow]

~

The Dwellers In The Mirage published 1932 - legal copy for Australia and other places in the world, not necessarily the USA.

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"A. Merritt". Yes, indeed.

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Note: The Frog Prince symbols in the glowing etchings, probably [+/- 60%] the old Bullfrog Logo.


We see what you did there. *cough*

Peu, Peu, Bonnie Mcgrew...

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Couldn't resist the snark, I'm afraid ....
Besides ... wtf actually IS a chatbot"?
I assume that reading HH's article will tell us?
Oh, & you hadn't put the video-link up when I first posted .....

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Greg, chatbots? Oh, they're very new, the first chatbot was written in 2014 or something when some corporation was founded around them. The Economist told me so, so it must be true, and my illusion of seeing chatbots in the 80s on BBC micros (a whole network of them, plus a mass of disk space, backing a neural network and a bunch of Elizaish stuff), let alone Eliza herself, must be hallucinations.

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...if [Sarah Palin] found that mysteriously warm valley in Alaska, after she ran out of bullets, she'd babble, and basically come on like Robbie, when given an order that conflicts with his programming, smoke coming out of her ears.

Um, really? Maybe we should worry...

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