By Mark Wilson
If our tough soldiers will confide more in a virtual psychologist, could the same be true to you?
In 1966, an MIT professor named Joseph Weizenbaum coded what was meant to be a landmark scientific joke. Called ELIZA, it was the world’s first chatbot. Linguistically simple, it was designed to probe topics like a psychologist. Mention your family, and it might say, “tell me more about your mother.” The psychologist bit was funny to Weizenbaum, until he found his subjects actually requested to spend more time with ELIZA. Eventually, he even walked in on his secretary chatting with the bot, before she infamously asked, “Would you mind leaving the room, please?”