||Review of Conversant Systems
The Standard Turing Test, proposed by Alan Turing in 1950 as a test of whether machines can actually think, is an exercise in making human judges think a computer program is actually a human. After eleven years of contests, it is appropriate to look back at the most successful systems of the past, and in doing so, try to answer the following questions: What have been the most successful techniques? To what extent have these mirrored the state-of-the-art in computational linguistics and natural language processing? Are we any closer to a truly intelligent computer, and is the Loebner competition the right way to find out?