Dr. Eliza 4+

Matthias Schorer

Designed for iPad

    • 2.7 • 3 Ratings
    • $0.99



Important Notice: Eliza is not a real psychotherapist. It simply mimics how a psychotherapist would interact with a patient.

In addition to the original ELIZA our version features various speech output options.

Eliza is a mock Rogerian psychotherapist and the original program came from Joseph Weizenbaum in MAD-SLIP for project MAC at MIT on an IBM 7094. cf: Weizenbaum, Joseph ELIZA - A Computer Program For the Study of Natural Language Communication Between Man and Machine in: Communications of the ACM; Volume 9, Issue 1 (January 1966): p 36-45

The first version in BASIC was written by Jeff Shrager in 1973 and converted to MITS 8k Basic (later to become Micosoft BASIC) by Steve North in 1977. It originally appeared in Creative Computing July/August 1977.

This app is based on the Atari version published in Big Computer Games 1984. Some enhancements added based on the JavaScript implementation by Norbert Landsteiner 2005; http://www.masserk.at

What’s New

Version 1.1

Adapted to large screen sizes

Ratings and Reviews

2.7 out of 5
3 Ratings

3 Ratings

Future Frequency ,

Faithful but flawed repro

I like that its based on the old game and appreciate the author’s efforts to offer us a classic AI experiment. Most versions are worse. In this one, I dont like that Eliza’s answers are spoken by an obviously computerized voice. Widens the uncanny valley (to me) in a way that is startling and distracting & less fun than the original. I wish it had the option to switch to text only communication. Also the preferences are kinda buggy (screen glitch on iphone 12 mini) and voice input didn't work for me. So eliza talks and i have to type, which makes for an awkward conversation style / cognitive dissonance. Still - its a cool concept worth exploring!

Pneumatic ,

The best Eliza implementation so far for iOS

I've played with a lot of Eliza implementations over the years, and this is a very good one, and the best for iOS that I've found. (Though to be honest the rest are kinda awful.)

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  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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