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Old 01-01-2015, 10:59 AM
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Well, upon including a malevolent AI in my books, I now need to know how to write for it. Originally, it just thought and spoke like any other character, but then I had an idea: the AI should think in a language similar to the command lines in MS DOS. Unfortunately, I have never actually used DOS, and Google hasn't told me anything about the formatting.
Right now I need help on something that would look like DOS trying to access a 'file' (actually a memory in a person's mind), create a file and folder, then transfer the person (thought of as a folder containing memories and personalities) into that folder. ACan anyone help?

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I just went to look for my DOS manuals and it has been so long they have been moved from needed shelf space to a box somewhere .

it's also been a long time since I have written Dos

but

goal equal "what ever"
load a register address, "start address"
point one
go to a register
load b register, a register
add '1' to a register
perform b register, store c register
if results c register equal "goal"
(indent) then output d register
(indent) (indent) end program
(indent) else go to point one

it's been along time, and this is not correct, but this is basically what I remember of the DOS format for searching a file for certain data.

I also doubt that anyone but Sheldon Cooper would know the difference.


hope that helps

this is not formatting properly the then and end and else are indented as they are part of the if-then-else statement. which is a single command. and does not have (indent) written in it.

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Hm, that looks a lot like the programs I used to do in PASCAL. Thanks, that really helps!
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languages haven't changed that much, just how many things a control word will do, it not like binary, or machine code which hasn't changed at all.

000010 010100 000101 000010 010100 000101

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DOS: An operating system only someone else's mother could love.

DOSspeak?
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Yeah, I ended up going with something that looked like DOS/PASCAL, and making up my own keywords.
@jimmymc And also, yep, that's the goal. Since the AI speaks like a person, I wanted to have some inhuman aspect about it's thought. DOS seems to be pretty annoying to work with, so I think it fits perfectly.
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good choice

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