In 2013, much of world (and I) were smitten with the award-winning movie ‘Her’. It was a rather entertaining movie; one that featured the lead actor, Joaquin Phoenix, falling in love with – wait for it – a computer system powered by Artificial Intelligence! So deep and moving was the man-machine love story that it raised the question – exactly how smart have the machines become? Turns out, quite a lot.
Chatbots first made an appearance in 1966. She was called ELIZA. (Yes, the bot was not only christened but also given a pronoun). Developed by German scientist Joseph Weizenbaum, the bot had roughly 200 lines of code and was capable of mimicking human conversations so accurately that she could fool others into believing that she was human!