Mirrors on Ourselves: Attempts to Build Artificial People

Elaine Rich

Artificial Intelligence

What is it and how will we recognize it?

Common sense

Natural language processing

·         Eliza, a really dumb conversational agent. The first version of Eliza was written by Joe Weizenbaum in 1966.

·         BRIAN is a computer program that thinks it's an 18 year old college student. It won 3rd place in the 1998 Loebner competition.

·         Elbot, a good example of a modern conversational bot.

·         Alice, another modern bot.

·         HAL, another one.

·         The Personality Forge lets you create your own Eliza like characters and chat with the ones others have built.

·         Ask Jeeves tries to match your questions against relevant web pages. For a hilarious look at Jeeves' limitations, take a look at an example interaction with it.

·         AAAI's Chatterbots list can point you to more chatterbots that you might find interesting.