Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The 18th Loebner Prize for Artificial Intelligence

The 18th Loebner Prize for Artificial Intelligence was held this weekend in Reading, UK.
This formal Turing Test pits a number of programs against each other.
For those not familiar with the test proposed by Alan Turing, it simply involves a human in a text-based conversation with a machine. If the machine can fool a significant portion of the humans it interacts with into thinking the machine is human, then it has passed the Turing Test.

The BBC got to send an interrogator and has excellent coverage of the resultt, including some video and audio interviews.

No program has crossed the 30% threshold set by Turing, but Fred Roberts' Elbot managed to fool three of the twelve judges.

You can talk to Elbot yourself , or read his blog!

And just to tie this into yesterday's post, Alan Turing appears in the Neal Stephenson book, Cryptonomicon!

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1 comment:

  1. Check out this Web 2.0 approach to chatbots: http://chatbotgame.com.

    Just as Deep Blue brute-forced it in chess with speed, the idea behind the Chatbot Game is to brute-force it with a huge number of user-submitted Google-like chat rules.


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