Monday, July 24, 2017

Narwhal makes it easy

I gotta brag. Programming a chatbot with Narwhal turns out to be a breeze. Everything falls into place easily, expansions occur as needed, in a balanced and maintainable way, and the ideas feel mellifluous.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

An asymmetry of gender grammar

I note that "him" is distinct from the possessive "his" but that "her" is not distinct from its possessive form. So it easy in English to distinguish between talking about a man and talking about his possessions but it is not easy to do that with a woman - as if it did not matter.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Topic/Subject matter in language is the same as 'key' in music

From the edge of sleep comes this insight: that jumping without modulation from one key to another is very similar to jumping from one topic to another. Modulation in music would have its equivalent in language in the 'sequitur' from one topic to another.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Another joke about MBL Friday Evening Lectures

Went to a Friday Night Lecture and one of the speakers favorite methods was to "find out what happens in mice". I was dozing off thinking "what happens in mice stays in mice".

Friday, July 14, 2017

Overheard at the beach

As a guy, I really don't know what is in women's minds, or what sorts of things they talk about when guys are not around. So it was a treat at the beach where I was standing up to mid-chest in water, and two teenage girls paddled bye, talking and not noticing that I was there. They were looking over at a rock [Paradise Rock - we're at Stoney Beach in Woods Hole] where some people they know were diving into and playing around. The dialog was this:

 - Who are the boys?
 - No idea
 - Maybe cute?
 - Let's go find out

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The Future of Digital Dentistry is "mind share"

I want to tell a certain stalwart of the Dental industry (for whom I have a certain affection) that this is not a winning business model:
Compete by having a more sincere desire than competitors to do the right thing.
 It is a way to guarantee a stable stock price or a slowly declining one. However to triple the stock price and compete with the companies currently earning 5x as much in the Dental industry (namely Patterson and Schein) can only happen if this stalwart company takes on the business model of:
Occupy the minds of more dentists, labs, and customers, than any other company.
Now: you can only occupy the mind with a product that has the capacity to occupy minds - namely a communication product, not a family of well marketed dental parts. Hence dental communication must become the product.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

User's selecting a personality type for the chatbot they talk to

I was thinking it would not be hard to have a number of auxiliary responses that can be peppered into an otherwise straight chatbot dialog for product ordering. By grouping such responses into different types you could easily achieve a sense of "businesslike" (no added phrases); "playful" (added phrases are jokes); or "abusive" (added phrases make fun of the user).
No sooner thought than the obvious comes up: how many people will choose an abusive dialog?
Joking aside, another type is "helpful" (added phrases are recommendations  and pieces of relevant information).