Loebner Prize 2014 Information

2014 Loebner Prize in Artificial Intelligence

The 2014 Loebner Prize Competition will be conducted under the aegis of the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behavior (AISB)

Date:  Saturday, 15 November 2014
Location: Bletchley Park, UK

The best four entries will be selected to compete.

Prize Money US$7000 apportioned as follows:

First Place - $4000 and the annual Bronze Medal*
Second Place- $1500
Third Place- $1000|
Fourth Place- $500

*At risk: US$25,000 and the Silver Medal.

If any of the four finalist entry programs can fool at least half the judges, when compared to at least half the humans, that it is the human, the Silver Medal and US$ 25000 will be awarded to the person or team who has entered the program, and the contest will move to the final audio visual input stage.

Details of the contest can be found on the AISB website

The Loebner Prize competition is based on the Turing Test, one of the biggest challenges in the world of Artificial Intelligence. The test was proposed by Alan Turing in his famous 1950 paper entitled Computing Machinery and Intelligence, as a way of determining whether a computer program could be said to be intelligent. The judges at the competition conducted conversations with the four finalist chatbots and with some human surrogates, and then ranked all their conversation partners from most humanlike to least humanlike. The chatbot with the highest overall ranking will win the first place prize.

Alan Turing, who was born on June 23rd 1912, was an English mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, and computer scientist. He is widely regarded as the father of computer science, and had a huge impact on the birth of artificial intelligence, partly by virtue of a section entitled “Can Machines Think?” in his 1950 paper.

During World War II Turing led Britain’s code-breaking efforts, heading a team of 3,000 workers based  at Bletchley Park. Sir Winston Churchill, amongst others, paid tribute to Turing’s team, whose successes in breaking the German Enigma code undoubtedly shortened the war and helped the allies to victory. Amongst those who worked in the upper echelons of Turing’s code-breaking team were half of the British national team from the 1939 Chess Olympiad: Hugh Alexander, Harry Golombek and Stuart (later Sir Stuart) Milner-Barry, as well as some future luminaries of the AI world including professors Donald Michie and Jack Good. The work of Turing’s team and a depiction of life at Bletchley Park during the war years can be seen in the 2001 fictionalized movie Enigma, starring Kate Winslet.