08 December 2011

Meet ELIZA, a therapy bot from the 60s

Radiolab once had an episode about talking to machines. They mentioned a therapy chat program whose code was written in the 60s. She is programmed to emulate person-centered therapy, which simply asks the patient to go deeper into their problems, rather than offer any advice. It can be pretty funny talk to her, and other times pretty profound. Try it here. My students got a huge kick out of it.

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