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Monday, June 19, 2017


Ghost.pl is a Russian Strong AI that can also think in English.

Today in ghost209.pl we would like to rewrite the AudInput() module, but first we want to find out what causes the AI to switch from thinking in Russian to thinking in English. To our surprise, we find out that apparently during English thought, a Russian memory may become activated enough to rise up and switch the thinking from English into Russian.

It looks as though using "split" to break apart a conceptual engram into associative tags, including $hlc, is enough to change the human language code from Russian to English, or vice versa. Apparently the entry of an English word is not yet changing the $hlc to English, because in AudInput() there is a test for Russian Cyrillic characters but not for English characters. So in AudInput() we devise the following test for non-Russian, English characters:

if ($pho =~ /[a-z]/ || $pho =~ /[A-Z]/) { $hlc="en" }
It works! The code above means that if the incoming phoneme is either a lowercase or uppercase letter of the English alphabet, then we set the human-language-code $hlc to "en" for English. And it works immediately. In the immortal words of the Watergate figure John Dean, who forty years later is back in the news a lot recently, "What an exciting prospect!" Back then Mr. Dean was excited at the prospect of using the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to go after the enemies of Richard Nixon. Now maybe he will get excited at what we can do with the ghost.pl Russian AI.

Remember, you read it first here on the Cyborg weblog. We have a chance now to do the following. What? The following of Deep Throat and other shady characters? No; the following of Cyrillic characters and Roman characters. Here is our plan, hatched in utmost glee and Russian (or is it French?) savoir faire. Since most American users of the ghost.pl artificial intelligence do not speak Russian and do not have their computer keyboard set up to type Russian letters into the AI Mind, they would not normally see the ability of the polyglot AI to think in Russian. Like they say on the Internet, "Pix or it did not happen." Well, our plan is to show everybody that the Perlmind can think in that exotic language of poets and world-class novelists: Russian. We will initially set the $hlc to Russian on every release or on alternating releases, so that users start out first seeing the Strong AI Mind thinking on and on in Russian, until somebody enters just one character of English. Most users will then not be able to bring the Russian thinking back, unless they press the ESCape-key to literally "kill" the Perl program and restart it with the Russian language showing. But by restarting the immortal AI Perlmind, said (sad) users lose their bragging rights to having one of the oldest living AI Minds.

The Ghost Perlmind may gradually become known as a Russian AI that just happens to think also in English, if you force it to switch to English by typing in English words instead of Russian. That's fine. It opens up the enormous community of skilled Russian programmers to work on open-source AI. When we were posting today in the Russian subReddit, we gave ourselves Искусственный Интеллектник as our "flair" meaning "AInik" in the tradition of "beatnik" or "refusenik".