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University of Ulster to host Artificial Intelligence competition

An international competition to find the world's most life-like robot is to take place in Ireland for the first time.

The Loebner Prize in Artificial Intelligence (AI) 2013 will be hosted by the University of Ulster's Magee Campus on September 14.

The competition has previously been held at Carnegie Hall in New York and London's Science Museum.

Its primary aim is to find the best-simulated conversation that can fool the judges into thinking it is human. The test was first posed in the 1950s by British mathematician, Alan Turing, who asked: "Can machines think?"

Sponsor Dr Hugh Loebner said the university was an ideal host, thanks to "its use of AI combined with creative arts and technologies in serious computer games, online learning and emotion modelling".

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