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IEEE Intelligent Systems Magazine, January/February 2006

"Sassy" Chatbot Wins with Wit

When you sit down for an online chat with computer scientist Rollo Carpenter, you're not quite sure if it's him on the other end or his virtual alter ego,a chatbot named George.

Carpenter's work is inspired by Japanese roboticist Masahiro Mori-s Uncanny Valley theory. In 1970,Mori asserted that,as robots become increasingly human-like in appearance,movement,and behavior,they will illicit emotional responses from human beings that border on human-to-human empathy levels.

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Robot, January 20th, 2006

The 2005 Fourth British Computer Society's Annual Prize for Progress towards Machine Intelligence sponsored by Electrolux has been won by IFOMIND.

Runners up include Rollo Carpenter's entry - a chatty personality, George. Imagine "your toaster embarking on a comic debate on the nature of toast, or your fridge imitating the way that your partner asks for a beer!".

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Kunstliche Plaudertaschen: Chatbots 40 Jahre nach Eliza, January 4th, 2006

Selbst dem aktuellen Sieger Jabberwacky bleibt so die Goldmedaille und eine Pramie von 100.000 US-Dollar verwehrt, auch wenn er aus dem Internet begierig alles aufsagt, was Besucher ihm zutragen -- in allen Sprachen, einschliesslich aller Fluche, Schimpfworte und Beleidigungen.

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Icogno Ltd and, launched, December 9th, 2005

We'll let the site speak for itself.

Jabberwacky reaches the 7,000,000 milestone, December 9th, 2005

Our growth rate just doubled again! A million entries in less than 2 months. Thank you all for lending us a little bit of your intelligence.

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