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A Thing Like Me
Carr begins chapter 10, A Thing Like Me, with Joseph Weizenbaum, a MIT PC researcher who imagined a PC program that could parse and react to language. The program was called ELIZA. ELZA could recognize speech patterns and could rephrase sentences in question form and was displayed to have the identity of a psychotherapist. When ELIZA first appeared in the 60's, some people actually mistook her for human.
A Thing Like Me is probably one of the most vital chapters in this book because it comes to the conclusion that computers are taking over our lives. Our group agrees came to the conclusion that when Carr argues point he does it so subtle that the reader may not realize that its only his opinion.
His argument that people are becoming too dependent on technology is weaved through the explanation of ELIZA: a computer application program that “offered a ‘mechanic clarity,’ replacing language’s human ‘messiness’ with a ‘clean internal computer.’” (202)
ELIZA software was used in helping to treat mental illnesses: patients were able to talk to a machine instead of a psychotherapist. The outcome of this experiment showed that if the patient couldn’t tell whether he or she was talking to a computer, the computer is just a valuable as a therapist. Carr uses this to argue and prove that people can be easily replaced by technology.
To comprehend the impacts of a PC, Weizenbaum contended that one needed to see the machine with regards to our past technologies and
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