Tuesday, June 25, 2013
We're pleased to announce that three out of the four finalists for this year's Loebner Prize Contest are AIML Pandorabots. The Loebner Prize is an annual Turing Test contest to select the world's most human like conversation program. Our own ALICE bot has been awarded the top annual prize three times: in 2000, 2001 and 2004. Contest organizer Professor Paul McKevitt announced the four finalists for this year's contest on June 24. Out of 15 entries to the contest, the four top ranked bots are:
`Mitsuku' by Steve Worswick (`Square Bear') (Pandorabot)
`Izar' by Brian Rigsby (Pandorabot)
`Tutor' by Ron C. Lee (Pandorabot)
`Rose' by Bruce Wilcox (ChatScript bot)
To open up the contest to more AIML bots than just ALICE, Pandorabots developed a platform to submit multiple entries for the Loebner Prize. Although all our entries use the same platform, the AIML content of each entry differs substantially and each entry is created by a different botmaster. The Pandorabots Loebner Prize program implements all of the installation and communication requirements of the Loebner contest, allowing the botmasters to focus on developing creative bot content. We began experimenting with multiple pandorabot entries to the Loebner contest in 2010, when we submitted 3 entries (ALICE, Khloe and Mitsuku). In 2011 we added Tutor and, that year, two of our entries were finalists. In 2012 we added The Professor, for a total of 5 entries. This year we submitted six, adding the Izar bot from the BackTack app and replacing ALICE with ALICE 2.0.