The potential for business applications of artificial intelligence will be on view at a international competition featuring U.S., French and German technology developers on Saturday, Oct. 12, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., at Georgia State University.

          The Loebner Contest is an international competition for makers of artificial intelligence (AI) programs that can answer questions and solve problems verbally when asked.

          Entrants in this year’s competition will compete for a $2,000 first prize.

          “Many of these technologies are still academic projects, but they have real applications in the business world,” said Neil Bishop, CEO of TASQbase Inc., an Atlanta-based organization that develops artificial intelligence technologies. “We want to get the business community more involved so they can see the opportunities for call centers and many other services.”

          One application for artificial intelligence programs is to serve as liaisons between humans and other computer programs, Mr. Bishop told GlobalFax. The AI technology translates and interprets human commands and then either makes conversation using a synthesized voice or instructs other computer programs to carry out the requests.

          The objective is for users of the technology to feel as if they are interacting with another human and, therefore, feel more comfortable be able to better communicate their needs than they would with a machine, Mr. Bishop added.

          The competition is hosted this year by the Institute of Mimetic Science. It is to conclude at 2:30 p.m. and a winner should be announced at about 3:00 p.m. Visit for more information. Contact Mr. Bishop at (678) 908-9005.