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May 19, 1997updated 05 Sep 2016 12:53pm


By CBR Staff Writer

If you were ever worried about the so-called facelessness of technology, then unfortunately this story will not allay your fears any. British researchers at Sheffield University and Intelligent Research in London have developed a computer that can apparently chat about current affairs and life in general, which they believe could not only replace shrinks and marriage counsellors and staff in Citizens Advice Bureaux eventually, but also topple cats and dogs from their favored status as Man’s Best Friend. According to the scientists the system, called Converse, can be programmed to have either an aggressive, teenage personality, or that of a middle-aged male aristocrat, can hold conversations on up to 60 topics and could be a friend for lonely people; but if those are the only choices we ‘ve got, then come back Rover, all’s forgiven.

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