At last, a chatbot you can actually chat to, New Scientist, March 18th, 2006
From the Technology News section
George, the winner of last year's illustrious Loebner prize for most convincing conversational program, has been given voice-recognition software so that people can to talk to him rather than typing in text. The new George, which also sports a 3D animated body and a computer-generated voice - by UK firm InterMediaLab - was launched last week at a British Computer Society meeting in Norwich.
George has been designed to express a range of emotions in his voice and appearance. So moving to speech-based interaction should improve the quality of George's responses, says his creator Rollo Carpenter, because people talk more naturally than they type, and George uses their input to learn.
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