I was at the Loebner Prize 2012 a fortnight ago – this year held at Turing's spiritual home of Bletchley Park – and all the talk was about this book. It seems that its success has lent a dash of sparkly celebrity to the rather tired format, and people were genuinely excited. My experiences and impressions of the chatbots can be found here: http://wp.me/p2cNtO-E. One thing I found particularly interesting was that the winner eschewed the usual tactic of building a fake character for his robot, conversing instead on its own terms – an approach that the judges found had more warmth and, ironically, humanity.
posted by DannyG Danno
June 1, 2012
"Penguins are 10 times older than humans and have been here for a very, very long time," said Daniel Ksepka, Ph.D., a researcher at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent). Dr. Ksepka researches the evolution of penguins and how they came to inhabit the African continent.
Because penguins have been around for over 60 million years, their fossil record is extensive. Fossils that Dr. Ksepka and his colleagues have discovered provide clues about migration patterns and the diversity of penguin species.
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