ELIZA, Her, and talking to machines

After watching Her just the other day, I especially enjoyed listening to a Radiolab episode from back in 2011 called Talking To Machines:

We begin with a love story–from a man who unwittingly fell in love with a chatbot on an online dating site. Then, we encounter a robot therapist whose inventor became so unnerved by its success that he pulled the plug. And we talk to the man who coded Cleverbot, a software program that learns from every new line of conversation it receives…and that’s chatting with more than 3 million humans each month. Then, five intrepid kids help us test a hypothesis about a toy designed to push our buttons, and play on our human empathy. And we meet a robot built to be so sentient that its creators hope it will one day have a consciousness, and a life, all its own.

Listen to the episode here. See more on Her.

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ELIZA, Her, and talking to machines