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Researchers at the University of Reading in England awarded the 18th annual Loebner Prize Sunday. The competition tests the conversational capabilities of artificial intelligence using text messages, an examination known as the "Turing Test." The winner of the bronze medal -- the highest award given to date -- was Fred Roberts of Hamburg, Germany, whose Elbot program was pegged as the best of the five participants by a panel of 12 judges. Elbot managed to convince three of the judges that they could be texting with a human, not a machine.
I'm afraid the story says more about those 3-out-of-12 judges than about Elbot. I gave it a try myself and knew after about 3 questions. Nice improvement over Eliza but no cigar.