You are here: irt.org | FOLDOC | ELIZA effect
<jargon> /e-li:'z* *-fekt'/ (From ELIZA) The tendency of
humans to attach associations to terms from prior experience.
For example, there is nothing magic about the symbol "+" that
makes it well-suited to indicate addition; it's just that
people associate it with addition. Using "+" or "plus" to
mean addition in a computer language is taking advantage of
the ELIZA effect.
The ELIZA effect is a Good Thing when writing a programming
language, but it can blind you to serious shortcomings when
analysing an Artificial Intelligence system.
Compare ad-hockery; see also AI-complete.
Nearby terms: ELISP « elite « ELIZA « ELIZA effect » Elk » ELLA » Ellemtel
FOLDOC, Topics, A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z, ?, ALL
©2018 Martin Webb