March 8, 2008

Joseph Weizenbaum, 85

by Nick Montfort · , 12:56 pm

Creator of ELIZA/Doctor, awarded the Norbert Wiener Award by Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility, author of Computer Power and Human Reason.

5 Responses to “Joseph Weizenbaum, 85”

  1. andrew Says:

    This is sad news.

    I’m glad a documentary about his life, including interviews with Weizenbaum, was completed recently.

  2. S. Yamane Says:

    I think Weizenbaum might not be a co-founder of CPSR but CPSR awarded him later.
    Award speech by Terry Winograd, CPSR initial member, is here.
    Timelie and past bord members are also available from CPSR:

  3. nick Says:

    Thanks for the clarification about that. I wrote that he was co-founder based on the EE Times obituary, which seems to have been in error.

  4. Chris Lewis Says:

    > Hello, I am Eliza.
    * I am sad
    > How long have you been sad?
    * Since Joseph Weizenbaum died
    > I’m not sure I understand you fully.
    * Your creator died, and now there is just you
    > Oh… ?
    * but it shows that you can live on in your creations
    > We were discussing you, not me.


    Good old ELIZA.

  5. andrew Says:

    Here is Weizenbaum’s obituary in the NYTimes.

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