Announcing the 2018 Creative Turing Tests

Literary Creative Turing Tests 2018

PoetiX – For the third consecutive year, we will be running our machine-generated sonnet challenge PoetiX. Entries can work from a noun prompt or can generate work based on some other mechanism. Regardless, the machine will need to have the ability to produce effectively an infinite number of sonnets. The machine will need to generate either Shakespearean or Petrarchan sonnets. Outputs of the PoetiX entries will be mixed among human sonnets and judges will be asked to label the sonnets as generated by human or machine. Any machine that is indistinguishable from the human poetry will have “passed a Turing Test”.
First Prize: 1000$

LimeriX – This is a new challenge for the creation of machine-generated limericks. Entries can work from a noun prompt or can generate limericks based on some other mechanism. Regardless, the machine will need to have the ability to produce effectively an infinite number of limericks. Outputs of the LimeriX entries will be mixed among human limericks and judges will be asked to label the sonnets as generated by human or machine. Any machine that is indistinguishable from the human poetry will have “passed a Turing Test”.
First Prize: 1000$

LyriX – This is an “Open Format / Literary Metacreation” challenge. Entries can work from a noun prompt or can generatean original short poem based on some other mechanism. Regardless, the machine will need to have the ability to produce effectively an infinite number of poems. Entries cannot exceed 30 lines and cannot exceed 80 characters per line. Poems will be evaluated for their “artistry”. All entries to PoetiX and LimeriX will automatically be entered in Lyrix.
First Prize: 1000$

DigiKidLit – This new challenge is to generate a Children's Story. Ages 5-8. Entries will take a noun phrase prompt or use some other mechanism to generate an original, short children’s story. Regardless, the machine will need to have the ability to produce effectively an infinite number of children’s stories. Paradigmatic example, "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0689300727. Stories will be evaluated for their “artistry”and creative approach.
First Prize: 1000$

All entries must be accompanied by a two-page description of the approach.
The deadline for entries is May 15th, 2018, by 11:59PM GMT.

Any questions about the Literature Turing Tests can be directed to Dan Rockmore at Daniel.N.Rockmore@dartmouth.edu

Music Creative Turing Tests 2018

For the third consecutive year, we will be conducting evaluations of machine-generated music. This year the music competition invites entries in the following categories:

Style or Free Composition: This is a new challenge for 2018 in the creation of machine-generated music in the style of a human composer. Evaluations will rank systems as best able to imitate the chosen style, and any machine whose output is indistinguishable from extant music in the given style will have "passed a Turing Test". Style categories include: Charlie Parker solos (in response to lead sheet prompt); Bach Chorales (in response to given Soprano part); Electroacoustic Music (in response to source sound inputs); and Free Composition (original work evaluated by judges and/or an audience). First Prize: $1000

Improvisation with a Human Performer: This challenge repeats the 2017 competition for machine-human music interaction, but for improvisation with a human performer. Evaluations will rank systems as best able to spontaneously respond as an equal partner in an improvised musical performance. Entries specializing in either free improvisation or jazz improvisation will be considered. Judges will be asked to rate systems in terms of their musicality and their interactivity with the human performer. Judges will also be asked if any system cannot be distinguished from a human performer in a "Turing Test". First Prize: $1000

All entries must be accompanied by a two-page description of the approach.
The deadline for entries is May 15th, 2018, by 11:59PM GMT.

Any questions about the Music Turing Tests can be directed to Michael Casey at mcasey@dartmouth.edu

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