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Monday, October 25, 2010

Chatbot Suzette Wins 20th Annual Loebner Prize, Fools One Judge

Artificial intelligence came a step closer this weekend when a computer came within five percent of passing the Turing Test, which the computer passes if people cannot tell between the computer and a human.

The winning conversation [newstechnica.com] was with competitor LOLBOT:

"Good morning."
"Er, what?"
"Do you talk like this to everyone?"
"NO U"
"Sod this, I'm off for a pint."
"IT'S OVER 9000!!" ...

The human tester said he couldn't believe a computer could be so mind-numbingly stupid.

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