RE : Can an AI bot write technical documents?

Subject: RE : Can an AI bot write technical documents?
From: Yves JEAUROND <jingting -at- rogers -dot- com>
To: Lauren <lt34 -at- csus -dot- edu>, techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2007 12:40:02 -0400 (EDT)

Thanks for the links to bots.

Bots continue to fail because their syntax algorithms,
as good as they may be, do not provide them with even
a smidgeon of semantics--let alone performatives or pragmatics*.
It all winds down to canned responses. A parrott-like algorithm
that is unfeeling, blind, deaf, dumb, that cannot taste nor smell.
A stone. We humans use automatic responses too, yet we can
choose not to, or shift into other ==> semantic <== fields.

Once more, with feeling,

* On pragmatics, there's wonderful stuff about Grice here and there. For example, see Blakemore, Diane, Understanding Utterances: An Introduction to Pragmatics, Blackwell, 1992.

Lauren <lt34 -at- csus -dot- edu> a écrit :
All this talk about identities reminded me of artificial intelligence and
got me to thinking if an AI bot could carry on a better conversation than
that person we don't know. They do.

So now I wonder, if an AI bot could perform basic technical writing tasks.
Like if information from a work flow was given to a bot, can the bot piece
the information together in a reasonably intelligent way so that the work
would really only require editing by a person? At least for some pieces of
the documentation anyway.

Talk to a bot and make your own decision.

The turinghub is limited to five minutes, but I think it is the original big
name internet AI bot, named after the Turing test, of course.

This link is for A.L.I.C.E. She was the 2004 Chatterbox Challenge Champion.

Bildgesmythe took attitude with me when I asked if it could write technical
documents. "The bot no longer wants to talk to you." You know it's sad
when you bots blow you off.

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