On Tue, 15 May 2018 23:50:40 -0700, El Castor
Post by El Castor
Google is developing an AI (Artificial Intelligence) assistant that
can carry on a phone conversation -- and sound like a real human
being. In this real life example it makes a hair appointment for a
woman and attempts to make a restaurant reservation. It will blow your
mind -- at least it did mine. Yikes! Give it a listen.
As I recall, I had the ELIZA program on my VIC-20 and had some fun
playing with it back in the old days. ELIZA was a psychotherapist
program written in the mid 60s by a professor at MIT. The program was
named after Eliza Doolittle. Its mission was to attempt to replicate
the conversation between a psychoanalyst and a patient.
They've obviously made a lot of progress with "chatbots" over the last
50 years, but here's an example of a conversation with the old,
primitive programs which probably only used a few hundred lines of
code, or less:
Feelbetter: Hi there!
Human: My name is Sam.
Feelbetter: Its good to meet you Sam.
Human: I am so depressed.
Feelbetter: You are? Whats going on with you?
Human: My girlfriend left me for my best friend.
Feelbetter: Why would she do that to you?
Human: Because she doesnt know who she is.
Feelbetter: Shes having an identity crisis?
Human: Is she ever!
Feelbetter: So thats her problem. Why should your mood be a casualty
of her instability?
Human: I never thought of that before.
Feelbetter: Im glad youre discovering new insights. See how much
better life can be by examining it?
Human: I do.
Feelbetter: Its like youre a latter day Socrates or something.
Human: Youre a riot.
Feelbetter: I dont know if Im a riot or not. Perhaps you have heard
of Cambridge and Oxford? I had heard of them too but I didnt go
there. Truth is, I got my degree online.
Human: I really am sad, though.
Feelbetter: I am sorry you are so sad. What are you sad about?
And the therapy session continues...