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It ran on a VAX/VMS mainframe (to be precise, the machine: ) that Computer Science students and staff at UCD shared.

To talk to my program, the students would specify the path of the program and run it.

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.

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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.

Eliza "simulates" (or perhaps parodies) a Rogerian psychotherapist (i.e.

a practitioner of the non-directive therapy of Carl Rogers), who has a conversation with a patient by appearing sympathetic, asking bland questions, and asking the patient to clarify what he just said, or discuss how he feels about 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.

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