This morning I stumbled upon the obituary of the man who can be credited, I think, as the father of Artificial Intelligence. Joe Weizenbaum was 85, and died in Germany, a country he fled from in the Nazi era.
In the 1960's he developed the computer program Eliza, the very first chatbot, or personality who responds to what you type, just like my cartoon horse Whinsey does. It's mind boggling to me that this was developed in 1966. When I first discovered Eliza in the late 90's I was critical of her because she seemed sort of stiff, not realizing the history there. Eliza played the role of a psychotherapist to the person hooked up with her. From informationweek.com
I picked up this sample dialog:
"Men are all alike," the patient states.
"In what way," asks the computer-therapist?
"They're always bugging us about something."
"Can you think of a specific example?"
"Well, my boyfriend made me come here."
"Your boyfriend made you come here?"
"He says I'm depressed much of the time."
"I'm sorry to hear you are depressed."