Cyber sex chat with bots
The machine is pure stimulus-response, replying to the present message, with absolutely no memory.The reader will see that the technology is all pretty much standard Eliza pattern matching.It was on the "BITNET" machine that I put the program online.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.These responses gave the impression of a person blowing hot and cold, with unpredictable and sometimes violent emotions.Clearly, much of this was waiting for someone with the right personality to come along - and, crucially, someone who did not know they were talking to a machine.
To talk to my program, the students would specify the path of the program and run it.
Fellow students talked to the program, and while its responses did prove more popular than the banal responses of the normal therapist, all of this took place with no element of surprise. The program, called simply "Doctor", was offline (i.e.
not on the Internet) though it was on a multi-user machine.
This is the first time this event has been properly written up. This was certainly one of the first AI programs online.
This chatbot succeeded due to profanity, relentless aggression, prurient queries about the user, and implying that they were a liar when they responsed. Most chatbots exist in an environment where people expect to find some bots among the humans. It seems to have been the first (a) AI real-time chat program, which (b) had the element of surprise, and (c) was on the Internet.