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Saturday, July 15, 2000

World’s First Commercial Effort to Create Artificial Intelligence Names One of Field’s Top Experts Chief Scientist
Boston, Mass. -- July 15, 2000 – Artificial Intelligence NV (Ai) today announced that Jason Hutchens, a renowned artificial intelligence expert and winner of the 1996 Loebner Competition for Artificial Intelligence, will join Ai as its Chief Scientist.

“Having Jason on board is a major step forward for the research at Ai,” said Jack Dunietz, President of Ai Research. “Jason is unique in his incredible intellectual capacity, his creativity and his willingness to defy conventional wisdom. The unique research environment that Ai provides is sure to prove an ideal ground to utilize Jason’s background and talent.”

At Ai, Hutchens will draw from his extensive experience designing and implementing computer programs that can learn language from the bottom up. Working with a staff of 20 scientists and engineers, Ai is creating a computer that can converse just like a human. Using proprietary mathematical and cognitive methodologies, Ai’s technology will enable machines to learn from experience, demonstrate creativity, and mediate between people and the digital environment, replacing current user interfaces with human language.

“The people at Ai are some of the most accomplished and dedicated I’ve encountered,” said Hutchens. “I’m looking forward to being a part of a company on the cutting edge of language acquisition and machine learning. Essentially we will create a new form of life: a child machine that will eventually reach conversational ability of an adult human. The impact of this work has revolutionary implications for all aspects of our culture, welfare and standard of living.”

Hutchens pursued his PhD in Information Technology at the University of Western Australia, where he graduated with first class honors in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He is a skilled programmer, with extensive experience writing artificial intelligence software, and has published several papers on Natural Language and Machine Learning. In 1996 Hutchens has won the prestigious Loebner Contest, where software designers compete to achieve the most humanlike conversational algorithm.

In addition to a rich academic background, Hutchens has extensive private sector experience, co-founding Amristar Pty., a software development company with a focus on Internet enabling technologies. He has also worked as a senior programmer at Lionhead Studios, a Web development studio founded by one of the world’s top computer game designers.

About Ai

Artificial Intelligence NV (Ai) is the world’s leading AI research project, focusing on creating genuine Artificial Intelligence – the technology that enables machines to converse with humans in natural language. Based on a groundbreaking approach, Ai’s technology will pass the Turing Test for machine intelligence within a period of 10 years. Ai is an international company with offices in Boston, Massachusetts and a research center in Tel Aviv, Israel.