For Reading Response #4, please listen to  this episode of RadioLab.

Reading Response #5

A couple of links that will relate to our discussion of Chapter 10 tomorrow.


Would you want to Skype with your family after you’re dead?

A little bit about the use of tools and mirror neurons.
Gorillas Wielding Weapons, Macaques & Mirror Neurons

Is Google going to outdo and make our brains irrelevant by creating DeepMind?

There are now apps surfacing that read other people’s emotions for us. This is one of them.

Interesting article of the author Wade Rouch’s opinion on ELIZA, Siri and the possibility of the movie “Her” becoming reality.

High-Tech Health Care

Eliza was invented to be a “computer therapist”. She emulated a Rogerian psychotherapist in order to help individuals by providing them with an outlet to talk about their problems as well as giving them an experience that mimicked human interaction. If Eliza has the ability to mimic a therapy session and aid in the mental health of humans there must be other ways in which question answering computers can improve human health, right? Enter Watson, an artificial intelligence robot that has learning and recommendation capabilities and in the future may be your doctor’s assistant.


Eliza a computer program designed by Joseph Weizenbaum that mimics human conversation by looking for simple grammatical structures and keywords. In the 1960’s Eliza was able to trick many individuals into thinking they were having human interactions. Since her creation Eliza has inspired many other language processing computer programs. Recently Apple has released Siri a personal assistant who like Eliza uses language to mimic human interaction and help you in your searches. Siri  has character and on the web you can find articles discussing “her” personality. Siri can be seen as an evolution of Eliza the original chatbot and if you ask Siri about it she’ll tell you…..

Want to talk to Eliza?