MrMind, a humble chatbot, conducts The Blurring Test, a timely reversal of the Turing Test. Since 1998, he has challenged visitors to his site (www.mrmind.com) to convince him that they are human. So far, no one has.
MrMind's creator, Peggy Weil, suggests that a new definition of human is in order: Who or what do we think we are in relation to our creations?
Matt Costello has scripted dozens of best-selling games, including the critically acclaimed "The 7th Guest," "Doom 3," "Just Cause," and "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End." His novel Beneath Still Waters was filmed and released by Lions Gate. His latest suspense novel, "Nowhere," was published in 2007. He also wrote Island of the Skull (Pocket Books), an original prequel to Peter Jackson's film, "King Kong."
Costello has written for television for PBS, The Disney Channel, The Sci-Fi Channel, and the BBC among others. Costello's children's books include the series The Kids of Einstein Elementary (Scholastic) and Magic Everywhere (Random House), as well as books on puzzles and games.
Peggy Weil, Visiting Assistant Professor, USC-SCA Interactive Media Division, is a digital media artist and designer focusing on interactive and immersive design. As a member of the original Architecture Machine Group (now the M.I.T. Media Lab) she worked on pioneering interactive projects going on to create titles for The Voyager Company, Broderbund, Electronic Arts, Von Holtzbrinck and Ravensburger Interactive including the award winning titles "A Silly Noisy House" and "Moving Puzzle."
She was creative producer and designer for the Redistricting Game, a USC Annenberg Center sponsored project to increase voter awareness about congressional redistricting. Current projects include Gone Gitmo, a virtual installation of Guantanamo Prison and Mauerkrankheit (Wallsickness), a visualization of the world's border fences.