Meet ELIZA My 52-year-old robofriend

 I was a nerd’s nerd growing up. Oh sure, some people did Dungeon & Dragons and others did LARPing, but I did the nerdiest thing a nerd can nerdily do: I read science fiction and dreamed of making science fact. I read it all, from zombies to artificial intelligence (AI), and back again. It was the latter that interested me the most, and as such I actually learned some of the trade from old books, salvaged from dusty tombs in thrift shops. Reading them means I know just a little bit about robots, AIs, and the people who want to make them happen. I couldn’t hold a candle to most of the obsessive followers on the early Web 2.0. So it came as a shock once, as I was browsing…

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