Dialogue Programs I have Known and Loved Over 33 Years

  • K. M. Colby
Part of the The Springer International Series in Engineering and Computer Science book series (SECS, volume 511)


In the mid-1950s, when I first read about computers, it occurred to me that they might be used to provide some form of talk-therapy for the thousands of mentally ill warehoused in large mental hospitals receiving only custodial care. I envisioned some sort of large time-shared system running programs that could be communicated with in everyday natural language. But as we all have learned, it is a long way from an idea to its implementation.


Conversational Agent Dialogue Mode Conversational Language Paranoid Thought Custodial Care 


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