The Chatbots 3.1 conference held in Philadelphia on April 23 was a huge success. We had 20 attendees and 10 extremely high quality presentations. The presentations covered commercial applications of chatbots, new algorithms and research topics, automated detection of chat bots, legal and IP issues for botmasters, and the future of AI and society.
Although the attendance was relatively small this year (perhaps due to higher airfares) the size of the conference lends itself to personal contact between major players in the chatbot field, as well as the opportunity to ask direct questions. We are especially grateful to Frank Taney, our host, since he provided legal advice that we cannot
- David Newyear - Mentor Public Library - The Cat who sat down at the Reference Desk
- Robert Medeksza - Zabaware - Ultra HAL Technology in Social Networks
- Francis Taney - Buchanan Ingersoll - Legal and IP Issues for Botmasters
- Dr. Richard Wallace - Pandorabots - Unsupervised Learning for AIML Bots
- Charles Wooters, Ph.D - NextIT - Next IT Human Emulation Technology
- Dr. Hugh Loebner - Crown Industries - A.I. and The Future of Society
- John McIntire - Warfighter Interface Division, 711th Human Performance Wing, Air Force Research Laboratory - Spotting a bot: Active and passive methods of chatbot detection
- John Zakos - MyCyberTwin - The Role of Chat Bots in Social Media
- Adeena Mignogna - Riot Software - AIML Content Management
- Jeff Remy - VirtuOz - Improving Virtual Agent Performance
The conference was reported in the Philadelphia Business Journal.