David Hallberg, Random Penguins and Things that Give Me Hope as a Writer

Writing has always been a solitary profession. There is nothing new about that. With notable social exceptions like the Algonquin Round Table and the circle of poets surrounding Oscar Wilde, writers, unlike actors, have generally been a solitary lot. Even so, these can be particularly lonely times for writers. The publishing world seems destined to […]

Here’s What Happens When You Try to Get Cleverbot to Talk About Ballet

Cleverbot is an artificial intelligence web application which “learns” from human input. That is, it goes through a database to find responses that humans typed in when asked similar questions. Here’s what happened when I tried to have a conversation about ballet with it. (I am “User” the computer is “Celverbot.”) User: Do you like […]