Hacking the Sci-Fi Contest Team Requirement

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We saw that some readers were not entirely happy with the team requirement for our Sci-Fi contest, which is running right now. We figured that those who do not work well with others might commit a bit of fraud to get around the requirement. But we’re delighted that someone found a much more creative solution. Why not enlist an AI to collaborate on your project?

[Colabot] is a hacker profile over on hackaday.io which is driven by ELIZA, a computer program that achieves limited interaction through natural language. Supposedly you add [Colabot] to your project and as it questions. We asked one on the profile page and are still awaiting the response. We think this itself could be a qualifying entry for the Sci-Fi contest if someone can find the right thematic spin to put on it.

As far as contest entries go there are only seven so far. Since everyone who submits an entry gets a T-shirt, and there are 15 total prize packages, we encourage you to post your entry as soon as possible. We want to see teams from hackerspaces and we can cryptically tell you that good things come to teams who post their project with the “sci-fi-contest” tag early!

Comments

  1. gregkennedy says:

    Twitch Plays Hackaday Sci-fi Contest?

  2. Ren says:

    Siri, will you be my partner in the Hack A Day contest?

  3. BriAN says:

    I like the name. Reminds me of the program consult eliza for the commadore amiga back when I was a kid

  4. Dynamo Dan says:

    Would amazon mechanical turk qualify as a teammate? It’s called “artificial artificial intelligence”, because it really does have humans operating behind the scenes.

  5. tekkieneet says:

    NSA and the Five Eyes are my silent partner. They maintain extensive log files for everything and keep everything “safe”. Always there for me and they are very good listener and never talk back. With friends like these, who needs enemy.

    So do I get my T-shirt now?

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