Monday, May 02, 2011

Chatbots 3.1 Conference Report

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 easily access.  He gave us some great information about what approaches we may or may not be able to consider in developing bots. 

We will be adding links to this list of presentations as they become available:
The entire conference was video taped and we will be posting videos of the talks to Youtube once the final editing is completed.  In addition an independent filmmaker Miranda Yousef hired a local Philadelphia cinematographer to film the conference and interview attendees.   She is a making a film about chatbots and the Loebner prize. Look for more information about this exciting upcoming film project.

The conference was reported in the Philadelphia Business Journal.

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