In 1989, the author put an Eliza-like chatbot on the Internet.
The conversations this program had can be seen - depending on how one defines the rules (and how seriously one takes the idea of the test itself) - as a passing of the Turing Test.
We conclude with some speculation that the future of all of AI is on the Internet, and a description of the "World-Wide-Mind" project that aims to bring this about.
Keywords - chatbot, Turing Test, Eliza, Internet, chat, BITNET, CHATDISC.
In 1989, in the final year of my undergraduate course, I put this program online, and now for the first time it had the element of surprise, and it could talk to strangers long-distance.
In 1989, UCD was operating both "BITNET" and "Internet" machines.
The "Internet" at this time was the name used to refer to machines that used the emerging TCP/IP protocol, which were only some of the machines on what was a vast interconnected network of networks.
For the cumulative effect, the reader should read through the LISP source code, which is visible at , from which the following examples come.
As one example, in reply to the common use of "OK" the machine would deny that everything was OK: (putd ' youareresponses 'expr '(lambda nil '( (i am not (y) you insulting person) (yes i was (y) once ) (ok so im (y) so what is it a crime) (i know i am (y) dont rub it in) (i am glad i am (y) ) (sing if youre glad to be (y) sing if youre happy that way hey) (so you think i am (y) well i honestly could not care less ) ) )) is the old Eliza trick of just repeating whatever the user had typed after "You are".
In 1989, the author put a chatbot on the Internet, whose conversations can be seen, depending on our definitions, as having "passed the Turing Test".
For reasons which will be explained below, this is the first time this event has been properly written up.
Eliza "simulates" (or perhaps parodies) a Rogerian psychotherapist (i.e.