Mind-reading for fun and profit
Sometimes (believe it or not), dialogues actually involve two people working together to accomplish a shared goal. Inferring a detailed understanding of these dialogues is an important topic in natural language processing, but the concepts in play extend beyond the domain of explicit spoken or written exchanges. Come for the implicit promise of a fortune telling; stay for the Prolog!
Josh Ziegler is currently between jobs and might be convinced to mow your lawn for money.
Full paper (https://researchspace.auckland.ac.nz/bitstream/handle/2292/24149/Langley.pdf?sequence=10) for those who are interested in diving in beforehand.