One of the things that made MGonz successful was the element of surprise.
"his programme induced a dialogue more human than any other I've seen" - Turing's biographer Andrew Hodges (author of Alan Turing: the Enigma) in "The Turing Test in practice".
"one of the funniest experiments ever performed in computer science ..
He stays talking until 9.39pm Irish time, unaware that no one is at home.
You could say therefore that my program passed the "Turing Test" (see What is the Turing Test? During this time, my machine's brutal cross-examination forces a remarkable admission: * when was the last time you had sex 05/02/89 From SOMEONE at DRAKE: yesterday.
05/02/89 :5 * ah type something interesting or shut up 05/02/89 From SOMEONE at DRAKE: you type slow is that why you have all those stupid 05/02/89 :4 sayings on command like that last one?
05/02/89 MGonz is finally written up as a book chapter: Humphrys, Mark (2008), "How my program passed the Turing Test", Chapter 15 of Parsing the Turing Test: Philosophical and Methodological Issues in the Quest for the Thinking Computer, Robert Epstein, Gary Roberts and Grace Beber (eds.), Springer, 2008.So some guy on the Net decides to call me up for a chat.Someone from Drake University, Iowa, USA (the node DRAKE on BITNET) where it is early afternoon.it is a small milestone in human history to have produced a machine that can do this." - Andrew Brown in The Darwin Wars. When I was an undergraduate in 1989 I hooked up an Artificial Intelligence "chatbot" called "MGonz" to the Internet, with interesting results.For many years I told people about it, and there was always a certain amount of interest.05/02/89 :2 * ok honestly when was the last time you got laid 05/02/89 From SOMEONE at DRAKE: i told you it was yesterday.