1. Sun.24.MAY2009 -- HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM
Recently we gave MindForth
the ability to add an "S" at the end of any ordinary
English verb in the third-person singular form in the
present tense. Thus we can put an "S" on the word "love"
and say, "Your robot loveS you" -- if indeed your robot
has the EmotiOn mind-module and you are worthy of a
robot's love. Unfortunately, we got too much of a good
thing -- not love, but the adding of an "S" at the end of
a verb. It was straight out of "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"
by good old Walt Disney, with "S" after "S" being added in
a sibilant, hissing flood. So what do we do? We
troubleshoot the Robot AI Mind by running the berSerk code
and we try to undo the damage.
It is probably better to correct the problem at its source, where each inflectional "S" is added, rather than in the deposition of each "S" in the auditory memory channel.
Now we have eliminated the accumulating "S" problem by
using "lastpho" to test for the last phoneme being an "S"
at the end of the verb being recalled from auditory
memory. It is not a perfect solution, because oftentimes a
verb like "miss" will end in "S" anyway. We wish to solve
the problem here for most cases and then adjust the
solution later for exceptional cases.