19 October 2008

Loebner Prize for artificial intelligence announced

Can machines think? That's the question Alan Turing put to the world and one which scientists and philosophers are still pondering. At the 18th Loebner Prize for artificial intelligence (AI), held at the weekend, Elbot, an artificial intelligence program, convinced three of the 12 human interrogators he was indistinguishable from them.

The modern day Turing test continues to show us just how far away we are from a convincing human AI program. Psychological insights into how thoughts and concepts are represented in the mind are increasingly being used to refine such AI programs.

See the BBC News coverage for the full story.

See the Loebner Prize website for more details of the challenge.


  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.

  2. http://www.derby.ac.uk/computer-modelling?csId=2827938&eduCourseSearchText=comp

    Derby University BA (Hons) Computer Games Modelling and Animation, part of Visual Communications

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