Saturday, October 1, 2016

Amazon Offers $2.5 Million Alexa Prize For Talking AI: Hurry 26 Days 'Til Deadline

Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Google, And IBM form 'Partnership on AI' To Develop Artificial Intelligence. - Amazon has offered a $2.5 Million to the first group who develops Alexa to a conversational AI. The Alexa Prize will be given to the developers who turns Alexa, the voice service into a social AI capable of conversing with humans for 20 minutes.

What is the Alexa Prize?

The Alexa Prize, which was declared on Thursday by Amazon, is only open to school groups. The successful group will take home $500,000 USD along with a $1M research allow to the crew's school or higher education. It's apparent that Amazon will have a royalty-free license of the talking AI.

How will the winning team be decided?

If you've watched Ex-Machina then you must be aware of the Turing Test. Well, the Alexa Prize will be given to the team who'd develop a chat bot that could pass this test. The Turing Test requires a human judge to differentiate between two conversation partners, one human and the other a computer. The Alexa Prize is a Turing Test because of the semantics (natural language conversation) involved.

Tips For Participants

It would be a fair advice for the participating teams to not use Twitter as their dataset. According to The Guardian, Microsoft did that and their chat-bot turned out to be racist. It'd be better to use Markov chains and raspberry pi in your means to Arduino this Bot.

Wait, there's more

Prizes for developing AI have been offered since the 1990s. The Loebner Prize, which is cosponsored by well known AI Developer Marvin Minsky, has already offered a prize of $100,000 along with a gold medal to the first computer that can't be distinguished from a human in talks. Prizes have been awarded yearly to the team whose computer is more like a human in comparison to its competition.

Such a system would more enhance than any present conversational AI, said Rohit Prasad, vice chairman of Amazon Alexa. To aid the reason, up to ten of the taking part groups are to get Alexa-enabled devices, a $100,000 stipend, free cloud computing along with support from Amazon's Alexa team.

Amazon considers the prize will lead to new scientific breakthroughs in the industry of conversational AI, by helping computers communicate and engage in reasoning. Teams interested in participating can submit their Program between Sep 29 and Oct 28, here.

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