), but rather is programmed to emulate "normal" human courtship behavior in a semi-realistic way. She notices you staring at her and her eyes light up.
While more sophisticated methods of machine learning are in development, many of today's chatbots are still built on a similar coded call-and-response formula as ELIZA.
Meanwhile, Google has developed its own proof-of-concept chatbot to show off the power of neural networks, which mimic the human brain.
With big names like Google in the game, we're getting ever closer to human-like AI.
While my experience with ELIZA was nice and lighthearted, there's a sinister side to chatbots.
When Weizenbaum cooked up his little therapist at MIT, he had no way of knowing that it would spawn hordes of fraudsters and con-bots.