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Re: Anyone know anything about this CBT program? KaraS

Posted by alexandra_k on May 21, 2005, at 21:37:57

In reply to Anyone know anything about this CBT program?, posted by KaraS on May 21, 2005, at 1:18:18

The name rang a bell.
He made a program 'Parry the Paranoid'.
It was a language program that was supposed to emulate a paranoid schizophrenic.

The turing test was a test that was made up by Alan Turing (the guy behind the notion of turing machines - which can compute anything computable). He thought that a test for an intelligent program was basically whether it could fool people into thinking they were conversing with a human being and not just a computer program.

Some people say that the Parry program passed.
It fooled a number of psychiatrists.

(People have joked that that tells us more about the intelligence of psychiatrists than it does about Parry's intelligence).

Actually it was criticised on a number of grounds.
Ethics prevented the psychiatrists from asking certain sorts of questions (they had to judge whether they were conversing with a real person or not).
Also, Parry could resort to stock paranoid sounding phrases when the program didnt' know how to handle certain questions.

That led someone to say 'I've made a computer program that is a perfect model of a subject with autism. You turn it on and it just sits there and ignores you'.


So... I asked a while back if anyone could find the Parry program online. I couldn't find it.

I wanted to pit parry against eliza the (Rogerian) psychotherapist.

Here is a link to Eliza:

It is an old program now.
I imagine this new CBT one would be a bit better...
But the limits of AI should be apparant...




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