Social interaction with computers is a key part of the frontier of automation. Weizenbaum's ELIZA continues to be relevant as the focus of the debate shifts from artificial intelligence to the future of narrative and emotional design. A version of ELIZA was implemented in Excel-Visual Basic for Applications that combines adherence to the original specification with easy experimentation.

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Pruijt, H.D. (2006). Social interaction with computers: An interpretation of Weizenbaum's ELIZA and her heritage. Social Science Computer Review, 24(4), 516–523. doi:10.1177/0894439306287247