Kevin Fox

Excerpted from the project home page:

"The Back Story: In 1966 Joseph Weizenbaum at M.I.T. wrote ELIZA, a famous program that simulates a Rogerian psychoanalyst by taking excerpts from the subject's comments and posing questions back to the subject. While not a giant leap in AI programming, ELIZA (named after Eliza Dolittle in My Fair Lady) showed that some semblance of 'awareness' could be synthesized simply by using input pattern recognition, combined with predefined phrases. Some people claim that ELIZA was the first program to pass the Turing Test, fooling subjects into thinking it was an actual person.

Enter AOLiza: Using a publicly available Perl version of ELIZA, a Mac with nothing better to do than play psychoanalyst, a few applescripts, and an AOL Instant Messenger account that has a high rate of 'random' people trying to start conversations, I put ELIZA in touch with the real world. Every few days I'll put up the latest 'patients.' Names have been changed to protect the... well, everyone. "

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keywords: 1960s-paranoid-goofy-psychiatric-turing-
hoax-neural_net-robot software for the Internet
category: bots and agents
uploaded by amy, 06 Apr 2004

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