The Loebner Prize
In this episode, we focus on the Loebner Prize competition and explore the question of what it means to sound human in conversations. Our host Kyle Polich talks to Bruce Wilcox, a veteran Loebner Prize participant, and Charlie Moloney, a former judge from the 2017 competition. Both Bruce and Charlie were at last year's Loebner Prize competition, and they each share their stories and experiences from either the judge's perspective or chatbot creator's perspective. Bruce, who is a four-time winner of the Loebner tournament, shares his ideas behind the chatbot engine he developed, called ChatScript, as well as what makes a good conversational agent. In addition, we hear from Charlie about what it's like to judge text conversations with humans and computer programs, and whether judges could ever be fooled into thinking a computer is human.