Talking to Eliza.


Preparing a short demo for my class, I chat with Eliza, Joseph Weizenbaum’s ingenious creation, or rather, with its various versions, I like this one – give it a shot, it might actually help you…

Here’s my recent slightly passive-aggressive script – “>>” sign is yours truely:
Hello. How do you do.  Please state your problem.
>> I feel very sad.
Tell me more about such feelings.
>> What would you like to know?
Why do you ask ?
>> I don’t know
Don’t you really know  ?
>> Really.
I’m not sure I understand you fully.
>> Try harder.
Please go on.
>> You go on.
We were discussing you — not me.
>> What would you like to know?
Does that question interest you ?
>> Very much.
What does that suggest to you ?
>> That you are not paying attention.
What makes you think I am not paying attention  ?
>> Because you are distracted.
Is that the real reason ?
>> What?
What is it you really want to know ?
>> What is your name?
I am not interested in names.
>> But I am!
Is it because you are  that you came to me ?

[This is a cool turn of events, isn’t it? Is it because I am that I came to Eliza? ME]

>> I’m not sure I understand.
How long have you been not sure you understand  ?
>> Since I started talking to you.
Perhaps in your fantasies we started talking to each other.
>> Perhaps.
You don’t seem quite certain.
>> I am not.
Do you believe it is normal to be not?

[Aha, do I believe it is normal to be not or maybe not to be? Helping me already. ME]

>> What do you think?
Are such questions much on your mind ?
>> How would I know?
What answer would please you most ?
>> Yes.
You seem to be quite positive.
>> I am.
Do you enjoy being ?
>> Very much.

[I decided to leave it at that for now and continue to enjoy being…]

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2 thoughts on “Talking to Eliza.

  1. >> Hello.
    How do you do. Please state your problem.
    >> I am angry
    Is it because you are angry that you came to me ?
    >> Yes
    You seem to be quite positive.
    >> Well, I’m still angry
    How long have you been still angry ?
    >> Since I became angry
    You say since you became angry ?
    >> That’s right
    I’m not sure I understand you fully.
    >> Why?
    Why do you ask ?
    >> You asked me first.
    Why do you think I asked you ?
    >> I’m lost
    Do you believe it is normal to be lost ?
    >> No
    Are you saying no just to be negative?
    >> No
    You are being a bit negative.
    >> Really?
    Please go on.
    >> I’m angry
    Do you enjoy being angry ?
    >> No
    Why not ?
    >> It’s unpleasant
    What does that suggest to you ?
    >> I’m not sure
    Do you know anyone else who is not sure ?
    >> Yes
    You are sure.
    >> Of course
    Do you feel strongly about discussing such things ?
    >> Yes
    I see.
    >> But my anger
    Your anger ?
    >> Yes
    I understand.
    >> Ok
    Earlier you said your anger .
    >> Right
    That is interesting. Please continue.
    >> I’m angry
    Is it because you are angry that you came to me ?
    >> Yes
    You seem to be quite positive.
    >> I’m angry though
    How long have you been angry though ?
    >> Since August, really.
    Tell me more about that.
    >> I’ve been very angry for a long time
    Does talking about this bother you ?
    >> No
    Why ‘no’ ?
    >> It doesn’t
    I’m not sure I understand you fully.
    >> You are confusing me
    What makes you think I am confusing you ?
    >> Now you’re making me angry
    Does it please you to believe I am making you angry ?
    >> Kind of
    Please go on.
    >> Goodbye
    Goodbye. It was nice talking to you.

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