Dr. Sbaitso

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Dr. Sbaitso /ˈsbts/ SBAY-tsoh /səˈb-/ /ˈzb-/ is an artificial intelligence speech synthesis program released late in 1991 [1] by Creative Labs in Singapore for MS DOS-based personal computers.

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Dr. Sbaitso was distributed with various sound cards manufactured by Creative Labs (the name was an acronym for Sound Blaster Artificial Intelligent Text to Speech Operator) in the early 1990s.

The program "conversed" with the user as if it were a psychologist, though most of its responses were along the lines of "WHY DO YOU FEEL THAT WAY?" rather than any sort of complicated interaction. When confronted with a phrase it could not understand, it would often reply with something such as "THAT'S NOT MY PROBLEM". Dr. Sbaitso repeated text out loud that was typed after the word "SAY". Repeated swearing or abusive behavior on the part of the user caused Dr. Sbaitso to "break down" in a "PARITY ERROR" before resetting itself.

The program introduced itself with the following lines:

HELLO [UserName], MY NAME IS DOCTOR SBAITSO.

I AM HERE TO HELP YOU.
SAY WHATEVER IS IN YOUR MIND FREELY,
OUR CONVERSATION WILL BE KEPT IN STRICT CONFIDENCE.
MEMORY CONTENTS WILL BE WIPED OFF AFTER YOU LEAVE,

SO, TELL ME ABOUT YOUR PROBLEMS.

The program was designed to showcase the digitized voices the cards were able to produce, though the quality was far from lifelike. Additionally, there was a version of this program for Microsoft Windows through the use of a program called Prody Parrot; this version of the software featured a more detailed graphical user interface.

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  • "Dr. Sbaitso Was My Only Friend". X-Entertainment. 2006-10-04. Retrieved 2010-02-26.[permanent dead link]
  • "Dr. Sbaitso". Home of the Underdogs. Retrieved 2010-02-26.
  • "Dr. Sbaitso Online". OneWeakness. Retrieved 2013-08-26.