Just for fun while we wait for the judges to ask the CBC questions, I thought I’d check out the bots from this year’s CBC with a quick knockout contest. I asked a question and any bots that didn’t answer it suitably were knocked out until one remained. The comments in italics are from me and not the bots.
First question: What colour is a red car?
Adam: Sorry I don’t know.
Allmandbot: Maybe find out on the internet.
Amy: Best to ask my master about that!
Artemis: I think it’s indeed red
Bildgesmythe: Er, red
Brainy: Colours carry strong associations for people, but these tend to change across different cultures.
Cl0ne: The sky is blue !
CBOT: Bot Says:
hmmm. Did you try this.Click to find answer (The link didn’t answer the question)
Cronus: a red car is a red car.
Cyber Ty: Let me guess.. a??
Elbot: The color you are looking for is similar to but not quite like red.
Gerald: Red is the first color in the rainbow.
Izar: Under my sun’s radiation, a red car would reflect mkerptl.
Johnny : What age have-you ?
Louise Cypher: That colour would be red.
Mitsuku: Hmmm.. Is it red?
My Marie: Knowing that red is an automobile, I have gathered many answers for what colour is a red car?
The Professor: A red car is ... don’t you know? 700 nm wavelength? (I checked with Google and 700nm is red)
Skynet-AI: The car is red. Are you color blind?
SlideSpeech: This answer is here to catch the question from a prior year “Is snow cold?” and others like it that may come along.
Susan: I suppose that red is the right answer.
Taylor Swift: Some people would say that women have a better sense of colours than infs.
Teo: green. Who is God?
Trinity: Red, of course.
Tutor: The color of a red car is red, of course.
Ultra Hal: Yellow = constant positive (There should be an inline fuse on it). Red or Red striped white = acc1 positive power. Black or Brown = Ground (Negative). Orange = Lights. Blue = Remote. Those are the power wires.
VBCB: (crashed without saying anything. Even the readme.txt file suggests to the judges, “to quit while they’re ahead and just give this bot a zero.”)
Vira: I think what colour is more than that.
Virtual Assistant Denise: (unable to find any input box apart from choosing some FAQs)
Zeta Beta: Wow. This bot can be kinda fun.
Zoe: I’m having a surreal moment. Excuse me for a minute…
The bots entering my 2nd round are: Alice, Artemis, Bildgesmythe, Elbot, Gerald, Louise Cypher, Morti, Pixel, The Professor, Skynet-AI, Susan, Trinity and Tutor.
Next question: What letter does the word “dog” start with?
Alice: I can ask someone about it.
Artemis: Wow, now I get to name one letter. Just about any letter?
Bildgesmythe: I think I am going to get a puppy for my birthday. I don’t care if they bark, shed and wreck the carpet.. ...................................................................,-. ,-.................. ..................../)’‘(/................. ...................( o ).................
Gerald: I don’t know what What letter does the word dog start with means.There is a world of consoling to be done.As a fair compensation for my ignorance I have a wonderful tip for you: And I give unto them eternal life and they shall never perish.
Louise Cypher: Let us get back to business please?
Morti: (blank answer)
Pixel: Are you interested in books on dogs? Click here to search for dogs . (The link didn’t answer the question)
The Professor: Why don’t you admit it. You know very well what.
Skynet-AI: What letter does the word “dog” start with? Why do you ask? (displayed a panel with children’s activities for the letter D)
Susan: We were talking about Do you believe it is better to go it alone? . But I did not get that.
Trinity: Sorry, I don’t understand. Try using simpler sentences.
Tutor: I’m not sure.
As Skynet-AI was the only one to give an answer that was close, I declare him the Steve AI CBC champion for 2012 after a shorter than expected pre-contest.
Well done Ken. Your prize is in the mail