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Pandorations Announces Standalone Server has announced announced the release of their Lisp-based AIML server for individual, commercial and academic use. This means, instead of hosting your bot on, you can host the bot on your own server with total control over the database and all hard disk access. A version of the Pandorabots Standalone Edition (SAE 1.01) competed in the Loebner Prize 2005 in New York in September, 2005. One of the four finalists in the contest, this application demonstrated its ability to migrate robustly from the multiple-bot hosting model to the single bot on-site application model. Contact for more information

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Jabberywacky wins Loebner Prize 2005

The Loebner Prize contest has always been a superconducting supermagnet for controversy, and this year was no exception. It may be years before the full story comes out, but suffice it to say that the A.I Foundation was honored to have ALICE Silver Edition selected to be among the four finalists. None of the four competing bots was ranked more human than any of the human confederates by any of the judges, and ALICE was ranked fourth place. The award for most human computer and our congratulations go to Rollo Carpenter, creator of Jabberwacky,

Transcripts from the contest may be found at:

Contestant Vladimir Veselov shot some great video at the event: The video can be downloaded at: BBC and the front page of the Guardian.

Robot Hypnosis

If you look at the transcripts of the LPC 2005 you may notice that Pandorabots has added a powerful new storytelling feature to AIML. Although our implementation of Ericksonian hypnosis did not work out as well as planned for the contest, the general concept of robot storytelling, discussed on this list before, remains useful.

We call it "narration" and the basic idea is that in addition to the usual stimulus-response cycle, the bot has a chance to append a story fragment (maybe null) to the end of each reply.

The botmaster has a lot of control over when the narration starts and stops, conditional or contextual stories, as well as of course, the content.

The Narration feature has not yet been publicly released. We will make an annoncement shortly.

Colloquium Reminer

ALICE Anniversary and Colloquium on Conversation

Digital World Research Centre, University of Surrey

COLLOQUIUM ON CONVERSATIONAL SYSTEMS and celebration of ALICE's first ten years online

Guildford, UK, 10am-6pm on 25 November 2005

An informal one-day meeting will be held at which invited speakers will give short presentations on aspects of conversational systems and participants will demonstrate their developed and experimental programs.

Conversational systems are intelligent computer interfaces that allow users to interact in plain English, either text or spoken. They represent an advance in human-computer interaction and have wide-ranging potential applications.

The leading open-source conversational system, ALICE, is now ten years old and has won the Loebner Prize three times. Dr Richard Wallace, creator of ALICE and its associated language AIML, will give a presentation and demonstrate the latest developments in this ongoing project.

The organizers have invited participants working in this field to bring working demonstrations, which will be demonstrated on their own hardware, and to take part in discussions of the current state of the art, known problems, and possible future directions.

The meeting is open to all and there will be no charge. However, numbers are limited, so if you wish to attend please contact to reserve a place, describing your interest and any proposed demonstration.


10am-12.30pm: Presentations (with tea/coffee break) 12.30pm-2pm: Lunch (buy your own) and photo opportunity at the Alan Turing statue 2pm-5pm: Presentations (with tea/coffee break)

Final list of speakers:

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