2011 Loebner Prize won by Rosette

The 2011 Loebner Prize competition is over and the winner is… Rosette, by Bruce Wilcox, who scored 1.5 and wins the bronze medal and $4000 USD. None of the entries fooled the judges, so no silver or gold medal was awarded. As far as we know the Minsky Loebner Prize Revocation Prize has still not been awarded either. Judges this year included Noel Sharkey, Antony Galton, Paul Marks, and Jonny O’Callaghan. This year’s event was held at the University of Exeter. The rest of the 2011 results can be found on the Exeter website. Full transcripts have not been published yet but should appear on the Loebner website shortly. The I Programmer blog posted the transcript of Rosette’s winning conversation. If you’d like, you can chat with Rosette yourself. Read on to see a transcript of my own chat with Rosette.

Timely as I’m off to a seminar on ‘AI – a Legal Perspective’ via Ryan Calo’s Stanford Internet Law group, who seem to be the group spearheading the discussion of robot identity.


One response to “2011 Loebner Prize won by Rosette

  1. I feel somewhat disillusioned with regard to the Loebner. At one time, I was an admirer,.. I looked up to it with reverence and in awe. But, with each passing year, and as the transcripts are disclosed, I find that I feel more and more disappointed. I’m also just a wee bit put-off by the developers who post in their own blogs and various other forums proclaiming that their bot “won” the contest, when in fact, they were merely proclaimed the least worst contestant. Finding yourself at the finish line when all other entrants dropped dead… winning by default… just doesn’t “feel” like something that affords you bragging rights. It feels like you should be thankful that you survived.

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