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Artificial Intelligence Challenge: Could a Robot Give Its Own Ted Talk?

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The Nao humanoid robot.

The TED organization and X Prize are partnering to develop a competition whose goal is to have a robot "deliver a TED Talk with no human involvement."

Credit: Aldebaran Robotics

The TED organization has partnered with X Prize to develop a competition focused on having an artificial intelligence (AI)-based robot "deliver a compelling TED Talk with no human involvement."

In a posting of what the contest might look like, X Prize describes a scenario in which a group of judges devises 100 different TED Talk subjects ahead of the conference, while during the event the audience selects one of the subjects, and the competing AIs are tasked with preparing a three-minute talk within 30 minutes. A team would choose how its AI would be presented on stage, while another illustration of its abilities would be demonstrated by having each AI answer some questions from the conference host.

Every year at the conference, an interim prize would be given to the best AI presentation until such time that an AI makes a truly stunning TED Talk and is crowned the AI X Prize winner.

"Advances in machine learning and AI have made extraordinary progress over the past decade, but we've barely scratched the surface," says X Prize CEO Peter Diamandis. "This global competition could help spur its development across a myriad of areas--including biological research, exploration, education, healthcare, and fields we have not yet even imagined."

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