‘ if a human says that ‘My mom cooks great food’, ELIZA would get the word ‘mother’, and react by asking an open-ended question, ‘Tell me more about your family’. This created an illusion of understanding and having an interaction with a real human being, however, the procedure was a mechanized one.’
Conversational computing has its roots in 1966, reports MARKET RESEARCH JOURNALISM in a brief recounting of chatbot history. The earliest versions used pre-programmed responses to keywords in a user’s question.
Other forerunners of modern intelligent assistants included PARRY, RACTER, and JABBERWACKY.