Tech: Chatbots Compete in Artificial Intelligence Challenge

Do you think you would be able to tell whether you were talking to a human or a computer program in a conversation over a computer? Every year, chatbots, computer programs designed to have conversations, are pitted against skeptical judges in several artificial intelligence competitions. In these competitions, the most famous one being the Turing Test, human judges have conversations with both human and chatbots and try to tell which they are talking to. No chatbot has ever been able to fool judges into thinking it is human, thus preventing any programs from truly being dubbed artificial intelligence.

In one of these recent competitions, the Loebner Prize, the chatbot Rose beat out three rivals for first place. Though Rose was not able to convince the judges that she was human, she was the most convincing of the competitors. The Loebner Prize in Artificial Intelligence still holds the grand prize of $100,000 for when a chatbot is able to successfully fool judges into thinking they are talking to a human.

Contributor: Katie Campbell

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