Dr. Sbaitso is an artificial intelligence speech synthesis program released late in 1991 by Creative Labs in Singapore for MS DOS-based personal computers. The name is an acronym for 'SoundBlaster Acting Intelligent Text-to-Speech Operator.'
Dr. Sbaitso was distributed with various sound cards manufactured by Creative Technology 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 same would happen, if the user types 'say parity.'
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.
If the user submits 'HELP', a list of commands will appear. If the user then submits 'M', more commands will appear. There are three pages of commands in total, with guidance on how to use each of the features.
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This version of Dr. Sbaitso was designed for personal computers with operating system MS-DOS (Microsoft Disk Operating System),
which was operating system developed by Microsoft in 1981. It was the most widely-used operating system in the first half of the 1990s. MS-DOS was supplied
with most of the IBM computers that purchased a license from Microsoft. After 1995, it was pushed out by a graphically more advanced system - Windows and
its development was ceased in 2000. At the
time of its greatest fame, several thousand games designed specifically for computers with this system were created. Today, its development is no longer continue
and for emulation the free DOSBox emulator is most often used. More information about MS-DOS operating system can be found
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