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Ross Maughan Conversational Agents

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Conversational Agents
Submitted May 2002, in partial fulfilment of
the conditions of the award of the degree B.Sc.
Ross Maughan
School of Computer Science and Information Technology
University of Nottingham
I hereby declare that this dissertation is all my
own work, except as indicated in the text:
Signature ______________________
Date _____/_____/_____
Ross Maughan
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The age-old idea of intelligent1 thinking computers has always been confined purely to the world of Science
Fiction. Even the goal of a computer system being able to converse intelligently with a human using natural
language has become somewhat of a Holy Grail to computer scientists. In 1950 Alan Turing described a
simple test (Turing, 1950) to determine whether a computer could be said to exhibit intelligence. This was
first formally instantiated in the 1991 Loebner Contest, which has occurred every year since, offering a grand


Source: Alechina, Natasha - School of Computer Science, University of Nottingham


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences