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This is a complete transcript from a conversation with ELIZA, a "simulated therapist" programmed by Joseph Weizenbaum in the 1960s.

ELIZA still does very well for a chatbot, and is the standard by which other chatbots are measured. The program uses a combination of keywords and pattern matching to keep things moving. Also, by simulating a therapist, the program is able to get away with much more "parroting" than a program which was supposed to simulate a regular conversation is able to do.
 
The conversation took place on 6 May, 2001, between a 26-year old male American and the version of ELIZA, called "doctor," built into the EMACS text editor.
 
I am the psychotherapist. Please, describe your problems. Each time you are finished talking, type RET twice.
My eyeballs are four times regular size, and other people make fun of me.
Why do you say that?
Because it's true.
Can you elaborate on that?
Well, it all started with my mother.
Tell me something about your family.
My mom likes a good hummus.
What makes you believe mom might want to have this good hummus?
Because she gets all excited and runs around the room throwing chick peas everywhere whenever it's hummus night at the home.