September 16, 2005

It’s That Time of Year Again

by Andrew Stern · , 5:10 pm

Time to award another Loebner prize — an annual formal instantiation of the Turing Test, now in its 15th year. This year’s final four contestants are:
ALICE Silver Edition, botmaster Richard Wallace et al (previous winner in 2004, 2001, 2000)
Eugene Goostman, botmaster Vladimir Veselov
Jabberwacky, botmaster Rollo Carpenter
Toni, botmaster Steven Watkins

The contest will be held this Sunday from 10am to 4pm, at 220 W. 98th St #2B, New York, NY (is that someone’s apartment?). Assuming no contestant makes it beyond the Bronze medal stage (none have in the past, I believe), $3000 will be awarded; however the $25,000 Silver Medal “will be at risk” this year, according to the rules explaining the scoring system.

Good luck to all the bots and their botmasters!

(If it seems like I’m teasing this contest, it’s a little bit true, but I think it’s cool and good to have around as a carrot to build better bots. :-)

The prize is sponsored by Crown Industries of New Jersey, makers of aluminum and solid brass display easels, pipes, drapes, brass fittings and more.