The chatbots under development for Amazon's Alexa Prize will mess up, will say something offensive, and will be taken offline. This is what last year's winners of Amazon’s Alexa Prize told this years hopefuls.
The Amazon Alexa prize will be given to the creators of a chatbot that can talk to a human for 20 minutes without messing up.
The teams will be building their chatbots using Amazon’s resources: "basic speech recognition tools from Alexa, free computing power from Amazon Web Services, and stacks of training data from tens of millions of Alexa users."
Teaching AI to speak like a human is one of the biggest challenges researchers currently face.
Chief scientist for machine learning at Alexa, Rohit Prasad, "imagines a future where Alexa can hold human-like conversations, chatting about topics like movies, news, and sports, and answering questions about the details that humans care about — not just the questions machines can answer."
This is far easier said than done -- but conversational bots may not be far off with companies like Amazon putting their mighty weight behind development efforts.