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Loebner Prize

(artificial intelligence)
An annual competition in artificial intelligence started by Dr. Hugh Loebner of New York City in 1991. A $100,000 prize is offered to the author of the first computer program to pass an unrestricted Turing test. Annual competitions are held each year with a $2000 prize for the best program on a restricted Turing test.

Sponsors of previous competitions include: Apple Computer, Computerland, Crown Industries, GDE Systems, IBM Personal Computer Company's Center for Natural Computing, Greenwich Capital Markets, Motorola, the National Science Foundation, The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and The Weingart Foundation.

The 1995 and 1996 events were unrestricted Turing Tests, requiring computer entries to converse indefinitely with no topic restrictions. So far, even the best programs give themselves away almost immediately, either by simple grammatical mistakes or by repetition.

Complete transcripts and IBM compatible diskettes that play the 1991, 1992, and 1993 conversations in real-time are available for purchase from the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies (telephone: +1 (617) 491 9020, Fax: 1072). Sponsorship opportunities are available.

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Loebner Prize

A Turing test contest to find the most humanlike chatbot. Launched in 1991 by Hugh Gene Loebner and the Cambridge Centre for Behavioural Studies in the U.K., starting in 2014, the contest has been hosted by the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB), where Alan Turing worked as a code breaker in World War II.

The competition will end when judges believe responses are from a human after interacting with the system via text, speech and images. As of the September 2018 contest, the judges were not fooled, and it appears there is a long way to go. Steve Worswick's Mitsuku chatbot won the top spot in the September 2018 contest with a score of 33 out of 100, giving Worswick his fourth bronze medal. See Turing test.
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We see this phenomenon as well in the Loebner Competition; some two decades of events have used exactly the same techniques, essentially those of Weizenbaum's (1966) Eliza program.
(One of the referees in fact thought this and similar questions should be ruled out, since it was not strictly on the topic of the city alone.) How about "Are the buildings in Washington very modern?" Perhaps a question about architecture, as the following question surely is: "Do you know any examples of neo-Georgian architecture in Washington?" Are culinary topics ruled out, as in "What foods is our nation's capital best known for?" Such issues are not idle in the context of the Loebner competition. Cynthia Clay, the Shakespeare expert, was asked why Gov.
In other words, the Loebner competition can tell us what we need to know about how humans behave in computer-mediated interactions" (Dranoff, personal communication).
But when he spends it in a public way, when he leverages it with the scarce resources of public funding agencies like the National Science Foundation and private foundations like the Sloan Foundation and the Computer Museum, when he solicits industrial cosponsors like IBM, Digital Equipment Corporation, and GDE Systems, when he calls in members of the national press as onlookers (and, in the most recent third Loebner competition held on December 8, 1993, as the actual judges), when this public use of his funds has potential deleterious effects on the research community,(1) it becomes everyone's business.