Eliza creator dead at 85

Joseph Weizenbaum, an MIT professor whose work, the Wall Street Journal eulogizes, "led him to preach the evils of computers," passed away March 5 in his native Germany. Word just hit the news wires last night. The Journal's bio includes this quote: "The Internet is like one of those garbage dumps outside of Bombay. There are people, most unfortunately, crawling all over it, and maybe they find a bit of aluminum, or perhaps something they call sell. But mainly it's garbage." A more fitting tribute to Weizenbaum is this Web-based Eliza. Spend twenty minutes with it and I'll bet that to the annoyance of Weizenbaum's ghost, you'll come to learn something about yourself.