Thursday, October 25, 2007

Plans for Loebner Prize 2008

Hugh Loebner has announced that the Loebner Prize 2008 will almost certainly be held at University of Reading, Reading, England on Oct 12. in conjunction with a computer conference to be held there at the same time. The announcement is still unofficial because he does not speak for U of Reading. Professor Kevin Warwick is working with Huma Shah on this, and Loebner says he will be making an announcement soon.

There are a few details which have yet to be decided. Loebner has asked for public comment.

1. Must the contestants be on site during the contest?

2. Dates for applications, selection, etc. If the contestants do not need to be on site, then it is possible that the selection process for the finals can be part of the conference, perhaps the day before the contest.

3. Whether the Loebner Prize Protocol used in the 2006 and 2007 contests will be required in 2008.

The official announcement for the 2008 competition with rules, will be made no later than Nov 15, 2007.

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