In one episode, the female bot asks: ‘What is a chatbot, if it isn’t like a robot?
The prize is based on the ‘Turing test’, where a judge communicating with a robot via keyboard should have trouble determining whether the machine is human or not.
They released it on IRC where it found the above scambot, "tifftaff", in March 2013.
A UK academic is campaigning against sex robots, arguing they are dehumanising, isolating and will encourage people to consider women as property.
"I think that others will soon follow, as soon as it’s established that there’s a market for robots with electronics.
There are plenty of entrepreneurs wanting to make big bucks out of this market." Levy points to the slumping porn industry as a possible future source of investment in smart sex dolls, with producers forced to examine new revenue models after the rise of free internet porn.