Re: The Truth About "Tim Byars"

Lloyd Wood (
Thu, 2 Apr 1998 18:29:34 +0100 (BST)

On Tue, 31 Mar 1998, Dr. Ernest N. Prabhakar wrote:

> We couldn't simulate a normal human being, but we could replicate the
> behavior of a typical mailing list member. We were able to make use of
> the Maledicta[7] database of obnoxious phrases, and set it up to respond
> to email with a random insult.

Judging from the large sample set of email replies received from that
AI-program-written-in-BASIC of yours, the Maledicta database is
woefully lacking in good, intelligent, inventive, put-downs. No Noel
Coward, for one.


thought the latest Iridium launch was a really good April's fool
giggle. Russian rocketry? tens of satellites in orbit? Pah! Who'd
believe any of _that_?