The ChatterBox challenge is an annual chatterbot contest offering money and awards to contestants in several different categories. Unlike the Loebner prize, this competition is designed to be easy to enter. It takes place on the web, and the bots themselves may be on the web, downloadable or available via ICQ, MSN or some other messenger service. Over 100 bot per year take part. It has been running since 2001.
The rules, as featured on the contest's site, are as follows:
The Chatterbox Challenge is open to all kinds of chatterBots - Website Bots, Downloadable Bots, and IRC Bots - written in any programming language. Your bot doesn't have to be set up in any particular way to enter. It only needs to be available so people can talk with it. All botmasters are invited to enter their bots.
Rules for entering are: 1) Only English speaking chatterbots are allowed to enter. 2) Only one chatterbot per person. This also means you can't enter different versions of the same bot that has been specifically geared towards winning a certain category. 3) Although the Chatterbox Challenge welcomes all bots originality is a key factor in how successful a bot will be. Blatant clones will be disqualified from the contest. 4) AIML Bots - you are free to enter a bot using AIML(Artificial Intelligence Markup Language). However, you can not enter a bot that uses Alice's data base. Clones such as these will not be allowed to enter the contest. Clones however maybe hard to detect. If during the 10 question part of the contest a bot has identical or virtually identical responses that bot will be disqualifed from that category. These bot however will still be allowed to compete in other categories.
Prizes and Awards James Livingood, the contest sponsor, has graciously donated the following awards for Best Overall Bot: $1,000 for 1st place and a Gold Medal $500 for 2nd place and a Silver Medal $250 for 3rd place and a Bronze Medal
In addition the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medals will be awarded in the following categories: All bots may enter multiple categories and win multiple awards.
1) Most Popular 2) Most Knowledgeable 3) Most uniquely interesting character/personality 4) Best Interface 5) Functionality or "most capable" 6) Best Teachable/Learning bot
Public Voting The public will be invited to vote on who they feel are the best 3 bots in the contest. Please chat with as many bots as possible and then ask yourself these questions. How did the overall converstion go? Was the bot responsive or simply evasive? Did the bot for the most part answer and respond back appropriately or was the conversation full of off the wall remarks? The better bots should give you the impression that you are really talking to a human being. Compare the qualities and shortcomings of each bot and then place your vote in a fair and unbiased way. The contest depends on the goodwill of all those taking part.
A chatterbot (also chatbot, chatterbox) is a bot program which attempts to maintain a conversation with a person. ...
The Turing test is a proposal for a test of a machines capability to perform human-like conversation. ...
The Loebner Prize is an annual competition that awards prizes to the Chatterbot considered the most humanlike for that year. ...
There are a small number of competitions for chatterbots, at least two of which are run each year. ...
- The ChatterBox Challenge (http://web.infoave.net/~kbcowart/)