Parse and Ye Shall Find: Database as Dialogue
Back in the day, Alan Turing conceived of a test which measured a computer's ability to seem human. An individual would have a series of conversations with a computer terminal. Sometimes a human would be on the other end of the connection answering back, and sometimes it would be software answering back. If the individual was unable to differentiate between the humans and the software, the software was said to have passed the Turing Test. Not that the software was necessarily "artificially intelligent," but that the software was able to trick a human into thinking it was human.
When these test were first performed, the software kept revealing itself as software because it had been programmed not to lie. Very unhuman.
Today, we regularly querry search software which parses a huge database of information called the internet, a database of information created by humans. Search software has now become our guide, our filter, our valet into the hive mind, the noosphere, the sum knowledge of all external human consciousness. Now we're talking to the world, and database search software is our mediator. If the responses sound human, they are.
Still, betwixt the cup and the lip is many a slip.
She moved so easily all I could think of was sunlight. I said, "Aren't you the woman who was recently given a Fulbright?" She said, "Don't I know you from the cinematographer's party?" I said, "Who am I to blow against the wind?"
Stupid Google Tricks:
googlefight / googlism / googlewhack
John Lennon was wrong --
Beatles: 2,750,000 vs. Jesus: 16,200,000
I know where you want to go today.
Now if all my golden moments / Could be rolled into one / They would shine just like the sun / For a Summer day / And after it was over / We could have it back again / With credit to the editor / For striking out the rain
Here I Am J.H. The ghost in the machine.