Chatbot or human? 25% of judges just got fooled!
Last sunday oktober 12, At the university of Reading (Berkshire, UK), the 18th Loebner Price competition has taken place. The aim of this competition is to test the conversational abilities of so-called chatbots, or artificial conversational entities.
Each chatbot competed in a series of five-minute long, unrestricted conversational tests thereby trying to pass themselves off as humans to the judges. The ultimate holy grail being passing the so-called Turing Test devised by 20th-century British mathematician, Alan Turing in 1950; for a chatbot to pass this test at least 30% of human interrogators have to be fooled into thinking they are actually communicating with a human.
Elbot, the winner of last sunday's competition came real close; it managed to fool 25% of judges into thinking they were actually talking to a human. And Jarno says: that's impressive!!!
Although not as smart as the system used during the competition, you can have a chat with Elbot here. And oh, while you're at it, be sure to check out this T-shirt.