Reading an engaging book these days “The Most Human Human”. The core issue the writer explores here is, if AI can be programmed to have conversations that simulate real human beings, how does one distinguish if the being on the other end is a human or a chat-bot. More pertinently how do you convince a person on the other end that you are a human and not a chat-bot?! The book has taken an inordinately long time for me to read for every couple pf pages i sit down to reflect on the insights he brings out on subjects as diverse as philosophy, art, literature, language, chess, speed-dating(!), video games, psychiatry and even law. And at the back of my mind remains that fundamental question of ‘human conversations’ and what really constitutes a great exchange. For today sharing three quotes that define what stimulating-conversations means to me–
Yes, i do enjoy an open minded conversation ~ often with a complete stranger, and in the most unexpected of places! It could be on a bus or a train, or while waiting for one. It matters not where i am, for i find the most interesting people wherever i go. Risking disapproval at times from close friends and family, i will converse with almost anyone who has the need and the desire to talk! Simply because talking can diffuse the worst moment of someone’s day, or it can make someone feel good to have shared their greatest memory which may have been surfacing just as i came along. And i, it seems, have a friendly sort of face that makes people tell me their stories. So i go through the small part of the world which i inhabit, and collect a whole world full of stories! This is one of the joys of my life ~ simply listening to, and collecting other people’s stories…
I have the deepest affection for intellectual conversations.
The ability to just sit and talk.
About love, about life, about anything, about everything.
To sit under the moon with all the time in the world, the full-speed train that is our lives slowing to a crawl.
Bound by no obligations, barred by no human limitations.
To speak without regret or fear of consequence.
To talk for hours and hours about what’s really important in life…