This Day in Jewish History 1923: A Scientist Who Would Quail at the Artificial Intelligence He …

Prof. Joseph Weizenbaum, right, creator of the “smart” software Eliza, which convinced some people it was human – which led the professor to mull the potential danger of AI. January 8, 1923, is the birthdate of Joseph Weizenbaum, a German-born computer science pioneer, whose early work in the field of artificial intelligence led him to become apprehensive about its negative potential. After he created Eliza, a computer program that could engage in seemingly intelligent conversation with a human, Weizenbaum became something of a Cassandra, warning the public about the dangers he thought AI constituted for society. Joseph Weizenbaum was born in Berlin, in Weimar, Germany, to Yechiel and Henrietta Weizenbaum. Jechiel was a furrier, who, Joseph revealed in a documentary film about him made in 2007, caused him to have…


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