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It occurred the other day that a potential way to put a text interface on a virtual space is SHRDLU, the MIT AI Lab project covered in Gödel, Escher, Bach. SHRDLU can reason about limited environments, and could stand in as your representative in a space—some sort of incarnation of you on a lower plane—interrogated by you in text to understand a space and its contents, and directed by you to alter them. Some of the example interaction from the SHRDLU site (which is the one in GEB, a little rewritten):

Person: PICK UP A BIG RED BLOCK.
Computer: OK. (does it)
Person: GRASP THE PYRAMID.
Computer: I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHICH PYRAMID YOU MEAN.
Person: FIND A BLOCK WHICH IS TALLER THAN THE ONE YOU ARE HOLDING AND PUT IT INTO THE BOX.
Computer: BY "IT", I ASSUME YOU MEAN THE BLOCK WHICH IS TALLER THAN THE ONE I AM HOLDING.
Computer: OK. (does it)
Person: WHAT DOES THE BOX CONTAIN?
Computer: THE BLUE PYRAMID AND THE BLUE BLOCK.
Person: WHAT IS THE PYRAMID SUPPORTED BY?
Computer: THE BOX.
Person: HOW MANY BLOCKS ARE NOT IN THE BOX?
Computer: FOUR OF THEM.
Person: IS AT LEAST ONE OF THEM NARROWER THAN THE ONE WHICH I TOLD YOU TO PICK UP?
Computer: YES, THE RED CUBE.

Tags: ai, design, geb, second life, shrdlu
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