After 2 hours of judging at Bletchley Park, 'Rose' by Bruce Wilcox was declared the winner of the annual Loebner Prize contest held in conjunction with the AISB. The event was filmed live by Sky News and the special guest judge was revealed to be none other than television presenter and broadcaster, James May. Rose wins a cheque for $4000 and a solid bronze medal. More detail on the contest can be found here.
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- Sunday 12th October, 2008
- Palmer Building, University of Reading, Whiteknights, UK.
- Sponsored by the AISB, University of Reading and KYBERNETES
To coincide with the Loebner Prize competition 2008, to be held at the University of Reading (UK) on the 12th October, the AISB has elected to sponsor a small one day invited-speaker symposium to present an alternative, formal, academic critique of issues surrounding the Turing Test (TT).
The day will commence with a selection of speakers offering a context and outlining a special perspective on the TT. These presentations are to be backed by four more focussed talks addressing specific issues related to the Turing Test (e.g. definitional; adequacy; tests in other modalities; technical/computational issues). As added relevance, the event is scheduled to be held in parallel with the Loebner Prize competition also at the University of Reading. And as Kevin Warwick (Professor of Cybernetics at the University of Reading) recently hinted, "hosting the Loebner Prize is a great opportunity for the University of Reading. The competition is all about whether a machine can now pass the Turing Test, a significant milestone in Artificial Intelligence. I believe machines are getting extremely close - it would be tremendously exciting if such a world first occurred in the UK, in Reading University in 2008. This is a real possibility."
If Professor Warwick's suspicions are well grounded, this AISB symposium on the Turing Test promises to be a truly groundbreaking event and we anticipate considerable media attention around the 11am announcement.
If you are interested in attending the event in person there are a limited number of places available; these can be reserved by sending your name+address and a cheque made payable to "AISB" for either: £25 (public); £20 (member AISB) or £10 (full-time student/unemployed/OAP) to: Dr. J.M.Bishop, Dept. Computing, Goldsmiths, New Cross, London, SE14 6NW.
AISB 2008 SYMPOSIUM ON THE TURING TEST - Programme
09:50 WELCOME (Dr. Mark Bishop, Goldsmiths)
SESSION 1: CHAIR: Prof. Kevin Warwick (Reading)
10:00 Baroness Susan Greenfield (Oxford)
11:00 ANNOUNCEMENT ON THE TURING TEST & COFFEE
SESSION 2: CHAIR: Prof. John Barnden (Birmingham)
11:20 Prof. Selmer Bringsjord (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA)
12:10 Dr. Michael Wheeler (Stirling)
13:00 BREAK FOR LUNCH
SESSION 3: CHAIR: Dr. Mark Bishop (Goldsmiths)
14:00 Dr. Andrew Hodges (Oxford)
14:50 Prof. Luciano Floridi (Herts/Oxford)
15:40 LOEBNER ANNOUNCEMENT & COFFEE
SESSION 4: CHAIR: Ms. Huma Shah (Reading)
16:00 Prof. Maggie Boden (Sussex)
16:50 Prof. Owen Holland (Essex)
17:40 PANEL DISCUSSION (ALL): Is there a canonical Turing Test?
18:00 CLOSE (approx. timing)
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