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2006 Chatterbox Challenge In Full Swing 118 118

William Wynn writes "Once again chatterbots from around the world are coming together to face off in the ultimate bot competition. The 2006 Chatterbox Challenge lays host to 65 artificially intelligent programs attempting to imitate human conversation. Public voting takes place from April 1 to April 30 after which the private judging will have been finished and medals and cash prizes will be given out. Medals are awarded for "Most Popular Bot," "Best Learning Bot" and "Best New Bot" as well as $1,800 to be split among the top three bots overall. Anyone can talk to the competing chatbots through the competition website."
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2006 Chatterbox Challenge In Full Swing

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  • PRISM (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Khashishi (775369) on Friday April 07, 2006 @07:23PM (#15088637) Journal
    Perry, I have something to tell you. Remember that philosophy class you took...

    The way to train AI is to let it grow up as a human.
  • Long way to go... (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Spy der Mann (805235) <{spydermann.slashdot} {at} {gmail.com}> on Friday April 07, 2006 @07:28PM (#15088653) Homepage Journal
    A true AI needs to understand the context, and acquire new knowledge from it.

    But the day someone can successfully implement chatterbots will be the day we can have robot maids asking us what we want for dinner, or asking us if we had problems at the job.
  • Wrong! (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Josh teh Jenius (940261) on Friday April 07, 2006 @07:43PM (#15088712) Homepage

    AI will not be learned by playing with some limitted 3rd party app. However, in my opinion, the first person to combine quality natural language processing with the wealth of data which can be spidered on the Internet will be the first to create a truly "intelligent" machine.

    It may be because both of my parents were lawyers (and you thought your childhood was traumatic), but I am not impressed with these spans-of-ELIZA which do little more than regurgetate.

    Anyone else around these parts working on some web-based AI projects? If so, I for one would love to see them. Also, I found that this book [amazon.com] was exceptionally useful to me (nope, no commission tag- check for yourself ;))

    Finally, for anyone using PHP who thinks that AI is waaaay out of their league:

    1. get_file_contents()
    2. preg_match_all()
    3. php.net

    The way I see it, we'll *all* be enslaved to the machines sooner or later. May as well join the "winning team". (I kid, I kid!).

  • Re:Eh, chatterbots. (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 07, 2006 @08:02PM (#15088801)
    I see. Tell me more about these bots that bug you.
  • by presidentbeef (779674) on Friday April 07, 2006 @08:20PM (#15088876) Homepage Journal
    Daggonit, I was also going to add some details about how awesome a game it was.

    The neat thing about the game is that you are about to take trips into a 'virtual reality' that was a progression of simulations into the future. At first, everything is good, but as you jump farther into the future, things turn very very bad. There are a set of politicians depending on your predictions to decide whether or not to go forward with a certain policy. Since the policy is good in the short-term, they start to go ahead with it. However, as you find out how terrible the future is going to be, you have to find a way to stop the,
    I felt the game was very good at making you care about the characters in the 'virtual reality', even though they were only a part of the 'game within the game'.

    Anyways, it's avaiable for download at abandonware type sites...I'd recommend it...
  • WTF? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Dan Parker (966952) on Friday April 07, 2006 @08:34PM (#15088936)
    I'm really disappointed in this. Should this article have been dated April 1st? I sampled 10 bots. None of them could do simple math. None could locate or supply any information about major cities. In fact, I didn't get a single serious or correct answer to any of 40-50 questions. Each of the 10 I sampled simply responds with "joke" answers ('why do you want to know?') or paraphrases "I do not understand the question". The Eliza program from the 1970s clearly does a much better job. If this is a joke, it's in poor taste, as I assume there must be people somewhere doing actual research on conversing bots.
  • Re:WTF? (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 07, 2006 @08:54PM (#15089003)
    Did you talk with Brother Jerome? He is not my bot and I don't have one in the contest, but he is very good and can do most of what you said. I know for a fact that he and all the personalityforge bots can do math. The thing is, they weren't made to answer trivia questions. If you asked me to do math or geography in a normal conversation, I'd think up a reason not to answer you, and leave. The bots mimic humans, not calculators.

    The bots are limited, and many post here point out those issues. However, people who think the bots should do trivia are missing the point. Most bot masters are trying to create (or recreate) a personality. Would you ask Invader Zim to do math? Would you expect him to answer you? We already have search engins to answer trivia. Chatter bots are to...chatter. If you don't like the humor of a botmaster, try another bot.

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