New Domain Up, New Chapter, AI question

The new domain http://www.SocialTechHigh.org/ is now available, with just a single page on it.   A new blog post on http://SocialTechNovel.SocialTechnology.ca/ contains Chapter Six of the online novel, Social Tech High, which shows for the first time some dialogue with a user.   This looks something like AI, which I claim it is not.   I feel uncomfortable anytime a person mentions AI, which reminds me of the poor performance of the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.   This dialogue represents no more than the output of a natural language interface to a very large question and answer database of Social Survey and related data, most of it to be newly collected with better survey instruments and just such a natural language interface program.   But my post on the Software Development blog at http://SoftwareDevelopment.SocialTechnology.ca/sdwp/ does consider some questions about AI, especially the one about whether this natural language interface and the huge database it represents could actually be used to implement an artificial intelligence.  I provide hints about how to prevent this from degenerating into an ELIZA vs. PARRY viscious circle feedback loop, and end up with a very qualified maybe.  — dpw

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