[LINK] Telstra - talking to a machine
Tue, 13 Nov 2001 19:14:53 +1100
ALICE talks her way to victory in AI challenge
14:38 Tuesday 16th October 2001
ALICE got the highest score at this year's contest, held at the
Science Museum in London on
Saturday, although the silver and gold medals remain unawarded. The
silver medal -- and
$25,000 -- will go to any program able to convince half the judges
that it is human; the gold
medal plus $100,000 will be awarded to a program that does the same
but through speech rather
than by text. When that happens the contest will end, but in the 11
years since it started no
software has come close. ALICE was judged better than a human
correspondent only once
during the testing.
The Loebner Prize, like the
Turning Test itself, is not highly
regarded by the professional AI
community: the doyen of classic
AI, Marvin Minksy, is on record as
describing it as stupid, obnoxious
and unproductive. He went as far
as offering $100 to anyone who
persuaded Hugh Loebner, the
New York businessman who
created the competition, to stop.
Loebner replied that as this will
only happen when someone wins
the gold medal, Minsky was in
honour bound to pay that money to
the winner and was thus a
It then offered
to sing a song and refused to open the pod bay doors, behavioural
traits that experts predict will
be exhibited by most AI programs from now until the heat death of the
To be fair the human control group should acts dumb and not trying to
the questioner and made it obvious that a human was answering.
Otherwise it can
be a process of elimination on which are the computers.
Q What happens to an ice cube in a hot drink?
A It is still there, just in a more relaxed state. Hot drinks will do
Q A more relaxed state? Meaning what?
A Sort of spread out and throughout.
Q Altogether, how many feet do four cats have?
A Do you mean how long are they when in line or do you mean the
of paws in total?
A Paws should be 16. Feet in length about four, without tails