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So he started searching through photos and sending messages, reaching out to women who caught his interest. In 1999, Freedom Baird was in grad school, and Furbies--those furry little robot toys that talk to you and tell you to play with them--were all the rage. When we speak of intelligent design to what extent are we also allowing for an imperfect memory capable of creative imagination? Perhaps robots making robots qualifies as growth and evolution. Sbaitso, which I'm sure would be very familiar to many Radio Lab listeners. Sbaitso was a DOS program distributed with Sound Blaster. SBAITSO = "Sound Blaster Acting Intelligent Text to Speech Operator". The program was meant to showcase primitive text-to-speech, and so it was somewhat like a talking ELIZA. This ability to project and listen, sadly, often blocks our ability to hear & see what is there, but awareness of our NEED to talk with ourselves also allows us to overcome it. The prologue of The Singularity is Near provides more relevant information to the topic at hand than your whole program did. You talked about them simulating thought and emotion, but you didn't really ask what makes human thought and emotion. Love your show, and I wish I could call in and thank the sponsors. My brother and I used to see how much verbal abuse it could take, bad children I guess. Sorry to be so harsh but it kind of like when the local band you've been following for years goes national and completely changes their sound to some kind of pop-country crap, I feel like a once awesome thing is getting spoiled. HCI can be an engineer/scientist deciding how to best position an LCD screen in a new model car.