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Loebner Prize
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artificial intelligence An annual competition in artificialintelligence started by Dr. Hugh Gene Loebner of New York City in 1991. A $100,000 prize
is offered to the author of the first computer program to pass
an unrestricted Turing test. Annual competitions are held
each year with a $2000 prize for the best program on a
restricted Turing test.
Sponsors of previous competitions include: Apple Computer,
Computerland, Crown Industries, GDE Systems, IBM Personal
Computer Company's Center for Natural Computing, Greenwich
Capital Markets, Motorola, the National ScienceFoundation, The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and The Weingart
The 1995 and 1996 events were unrestricted Turing Tests,
requiring computer entries to converse indefinitely with no
topic restrictions. So far, even the best programs give
themselves away almost immediately, either by simple
grammatical mistakes or by repetition.
Complete transcripts and IBM compatible diskettes that play
the 1991, 1992, and 1993 conversations in real-time are
available for purchase from the Cambridge Center for
Behavioral Studies (telephone: +1 (617) 491 9020, Fax: 1072).
Sponsorship opportunities are available.