#TBT – ELIZA: one of the first chatbots in history (1966)

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Some names are destined to be forgotten, no matter how symbolic they may be. This is the case of ELIZA, a small program that was a real pioneer in the 1960s: it was the first chatbot in history. ELIZA was also a psychotherapist and one of the few machines that showed a hint of humanity.

ELIZA: a chatbot (not very smart)

The creator of the ELIZA program, Joseph Weizenbaum, wanted to demonstrate that “communication between man and machine is superficial”. To achieve this goal he developed ELIZA from 1964 to 1966, a program tha…
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