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Eliza and Me—Not Normal (Design and Politics Exhibition)


ELIZA is an early language processing computer program created from 1964 to 1966 at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory by Joseph Weizenbaum. Created to demonstrate the superficiality of communication between man and machine, Eliza simulated conversation by using “pattern matching” and Rogerian Psychology (answering a question with another question) to give its users an illusion of understanding but had no built in framework for contextualizing events.

My original intent was to ask ELIZA questions concerning contemporary graphic design anxieties and issues. What emerged from my “conversation” with Eliza was distinctly more existential.


Performance, Motion Graphic and Video
2017




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