Chatterbots bid to show their human side

Computers will be hoping to finally vanquish humans today, in a contest at Bletchley Park. A series of chatterbots will attempt to fool judges – including me – into thinking they are also human. No computer has ever triumphed at the Loebner Prize – a version of the Turing Test, first proposed by the computer scientist Alan Turing, who worked at Bletchley codebreaking during World War Two. But the chatterbots are coming on strong. Steve Worswick is the person behind Mistuku, a bot anyone can chat with online and which was judged the best system in the 2013 contest. He returns this year. “It’s slowly becoming more and more involved in our everyday lives,” he told Sky News. “At the stage we’re at at the moment, I don’t think we need…


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