Friday, September 29, 2006
Sunday 20 October 2007
in New York (his Manhatten apartment).
The results of Loebner 2006 can be found here:
Rollo Carpenter's medal from 2006:
Below: the Judges, sponsor Hugh Loebner, and contestants discuss the meaning of the Prize with questions from VR theatre's audience:
Right: BBC World Service Digital Planet's Jon Stewart interviews Rollo Carpenter:
Marie-Claire and Richard, authors of John. The only University entry to this year's prize
Monday, September 25, 2006
Chris' web site is here: http://www.cinphotography.com/
Dr. H.G. Loebner, sponsor of Loebner Prize for Artificial Intelligence:
Loebner 2006 Judges:
Saturday, September 23, 2006
Wow! After more than 18 months of planning to bring the contest back to London, the day had arrived. Tim had secured the venue for the 2006 Loebner Prize for Artificial Intelligence: VR theatre at UCL
Got to Hugh and Tim's hotel around 8.15am in Bedford Way and walked to Torrington Place. Felt very tired, had been hard work the day before. Greg had done a fantastic job, would it all go wrong on the day?
View within the theatre: Professor Warwick (Loebner 2006 Judge) and Mrs Warwick seated, on stage Loebner Judges (Pofessor of AI, John Barnden; journalist, Duncan Graham-Rowe) chat concomittantly to two entities and attempt to determine which is machine and which is human -
Behind the scenes: a hidden-human chats unseen and unheard to a Judge in the VR theatre looked on by my friend Angelique, assistant headmistress at a school for children with special needs -
The scores are being computed and the winner is announced: Rollo Carpenter wins Loebner 2006:
With Professor Kevin Warwick, my volunteers on the day without whom my day would have been that less enjoyable and that much more difficult, from left Adrian Wildeis, Prof Warwick, Dritan Nikolla and Frederik Fix:
So ended an exciting and fun Loebner 2006. Thank you to HL for sponsoring the event, thanks to Tim for finding the venue, thanks to Greg for setting up the equipment, thanks to my volunteers, including Marc Allen (how did you escape my photos!) and last but not least thanks to this year's contestants and well done Rollo, again.
Finally, some media item links:
BBC World Services ‘Digital Planet’ and Jon Stewart’s take on Loebner 2006 can be found here:
Loebner 2006 Judge, Duncan Graham-Rowe, Technology Review piece on the contest can be found here:
Channel 4 News, Jon Snow’s interview with Loebner 2006 winner Rollo Carpenter:
Guardian – Technology, piece on Loebner 2006:
Venue: UCL, 1-19 Torrington Place, WC1
So much to write!
Funniest moment: Tim (CEO Televirtual) speaking, over mobile, to computer equipment delivery guys telling them no matter where they were (and they were lost at the other end of Torrington Place, East of Gower Street) they were not where they were meant to be! They were very late, meant to arrive by noon arrived just before 1pm. Contestants were due at 2pm to load their programmes.
Dr. Hugh G. Loebner checked his communucation protocol while Greg, Televirtual's IT manager got down to work setting up the computer equipment as four local networks for four Turing Tests for the contest on Sunday 17th. I assisted Greg and hurt my big toe, right foot, my fault for being bare-footed.
HL detested the music we played and listened to while Greg and I worked, pretty hard, but we ignored hima and sang to Kinks "all day and all of the night"!
The contestants arrived and hung around waiting to load their entries. From left: Robert (Ultra Hal), Dr. David Hamill (agent for Noah's entry), Rollo Carpenter, Loebner 2005 winner and Hugh.
Saturday, September 09, 2006
The Prize is based on Alan Turing's Imitation Game formulated in his seminal 1950 piece Computing Machinery & Intelligence.
If anyone would like to attend, please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org in order for names to be passed to UCL's security.
Some news items relating to one of the entrants and winner of Loebner 2005 can be found here:
Link to Loebner Prize home page: http://www.loebner.net/Prizef/loebner-prize.html
Saturday, July 08, 2006
2001: A Space Odyssey's lip-reading, natural language understanding and linguistically creative HAL 9000 intelligent machine, without its malevolence:
HAL to astronaut Dave: although you took thorough precautions in the pod against my hearing you, I could see your lips move.
1. Good and evil, reward and punishment, are the only motives to a rational creature: these are the spur and reins whereby all mankind are set on work, and guided - John Locke (1632-1704): "The Philosopher of Freedom"
2. Belief is what I die for ....... dogma is what I kill for - unknown