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Metaphysical Being's Advocate

Automatic God or Devil's Advocate
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We can get automatic devices that simulate chatting to you like a human, right?

Well, I propose that someone design a computer service like that which either gives you a boost, or demeans your ideas. For example:

HUMAN> Hi, I have an idea for a self-inflating toilet. What do you think?

GOD'S ADVOCATE> That sounds great! I already love it. Tell me more.

HUMAN> Thanks. Well, it...

or

HUMAN> Hi, I have an idea for a self-inflating toilet. What do you think?

DEVIL'S ADVOCATE> What a crap idea! Who wants a self-inflating toilet? How'd it work? What's the point?

HUMAN> I suppose so, I'd better come up with a better idea...

and so on. This could be used for Halfbakers who want to put their idea into perspective before sending them out into the big wide world, or just to give someone a boost when they have 2-and-a-half fishbones within an hour for one idea.

dbmag9, Jul 25 2005

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       Does the Turing test still count if you can't tell whether the entity you're speaking with is a machine or a god?
wagster, Jul 25 2005
  

       metphysical?
po, Jul 25 2005
  

       No, but I met phorical.
DrCurry, Jul 25 2005
  

       <DEVIL'S ADVOCATE>
What a crap idea! Who wants a Metphysical Being's Advocate ? How'd it work? What's the point?
  

       Pain is the only justification of your existence. Here have a bone.
Zimmy, Jul 26 2005
  

       <GOD> How come the devil gets an advocate and I don't? How am I supposed to convince anyone of anything with an advicate?
wagster, Jul 26 2005
  

       Sorry, [wagster]'s God, I reckon that the input box deliberately hides mistakes, and they only appear on the main page.
dbmag9, Jul 26 2005
  

       I imagine the devil would dishonestly inflate poor ideas
sninctown, Apr 24 2006
  

       [Well, I propose that someone design a computer service like that which either gives you a boost, or demeans your ideas]   

       You mean that's not what this machine I'm using is?
normzone, Apr 24 2006
  
      
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