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SoutherDem Donating Member (317 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-06-11 07:59 PM
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Political/ computer question
This morning I posted a letter I was thinking of sending to my elected officials, asking for DUer's opinions. Thanks for all who replied. I really appreciate the input. At the time of writing the letter I was pissed that S&P still lowered our nations credit rating and letters I had sent my Senators and Representative had gone unanswered. Shortly after my posting, my power went out and that delayed me reading the replays. While the power was out, two letters from my Senators arrived. One Senator chose to address only things which we agreed, although our solutions are different, these differences were not addressed. The other replied each of my issues and pointed out where he agreed yet had a different solutions and the areas we differed and stated why he disagreed with me. Both thanked me for writing. I don't really believe either Senator actually saw my letter, nor do I believe the signature was theirs. However, it does appear someone did read the letters.

Now for my computer question. I know the "auto pen" has been around for decades giving a letter the appearance of a real signature, I also know there are apps/programs such as Dragon Naturally Speaking which can convert the spoken word into print and print into the spoken word, I used that program during graduate school. What I don't know, is there an app/program which not only can "read" text but understand it enough to create a reply using a series of pre-written sentences and paragraphs so that the recipient may think the letter was dictated by an actual human being?
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TheWraith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-06-11 08:13 PM
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1. I haven't seen such an app, but I have no doubt that it's possible.
It wouldn't take an artificial intelligence breakthrough to do context sensitive writing using certain preprogrammed phrases.
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PeaceNikki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-06-11 08:15 PM
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2. Possible but SUPER unlikely. They have staff and/or interns for such matters.
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Motown_Johnny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-06-11 08:15 PM
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3. have you watched "I Robot" lately?
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surrealAmerican Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-06-11 08:23 PM
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4. Assuming your letters were written with the same sort of complexity ...
... as your post, I would say "no".

It is a very difficult task for a program to process natural language, and come up with a relevant reply. You would notice if the letter were generated in such a manner.

Congratulations, your letters merited two minutes of an underling's time.
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SoutherDem Donating Member (317 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-06-11 08:29 PM
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5. Yes, that is my writing style
I can take two paragraphs to say good morning :)
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surrealAmerican Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-07-11 09:25 AM
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6. Your writing would need to be abnormally simple ...
... for the sort of processing you asked about to work convincingly.
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Motown_Johnny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-07-11 11:50 AM
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7. Did you see the Jeopardy episodes with the computer competing?


It was/is able to process the answers/questions and respond appropriately even when puns and metaphors are included in the clue.


I think the first step has been taken along these lines. It may be 20 years or more before we see anything like what the OP is describing but it may be 5 years also. You can never tell with this kind of stuff.
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