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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A super computer has duped humans into thinking it is a 13-year-old boy, becoming the first machine to pass the iconic Turing Test. The test, devised by renowned computer scientist Alan Turing in 1950, requires 30 percent of human interrogators to be duped during a series of five-minute keyboard conversations. "Eugene Goostman," a computer program developed to simulate a Ukrainian boy, managed to convince 33 per cent of the judges that it was human, the university said. "A true Turing Test does not set the questions or topics prior to the conversations," said professor Kevin Warwick of the University of Reading. "We are therefore proud to declare that Alan Turing's test was passed for the first time."


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Scott Aaronson had a chat with an online version of Eugene that didn't sound terribly convincing.

Scott: Which is bigger, a shoebox or Mount Everest?

Eugene: I can't make a choice right now. I should think it out later.


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A friend of mine (a computer security expert) posted some stuff debunking this yesterday.

#1 | Posted by pragmatist at 2014-06-10 07:53 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

From what I have read and heard, it isn't any better than the other attempts. It just uses the non-native english speaker to disguise the fact. As a matter of fact some of the answers it gives to simple factual oriented questions just don't make any sense at all. I have to wonder who it fooled...

#2 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2014-06-10 09:14 AM | Reply | Flag:

"I have to wonder who it fooled..."

Perhaps some of the regular posters on this site... (just kidding)

#3 | Posted by LEgregius at 2014-06-10 09:35 AM | Reply | Flag:

Apparently the contest is a "restricted Turing test" I found the rules but didn't bother to read them. The fact that it is restricted at all means it is not a Turing test.

#4 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2014-06-10 09:45 AM | Reply | Flag:


Doesn't sound any more convincing than "Eliza", which was written in the 60's and was able to run on early home computers.

#5 | Posted by Sully at 2014-06-10 10:02 AM | Reply | Flag:

Not many Drudge lefties would pass a Turing test.

#6 | Posted by visitor_ at 2014-06-10 10:14 AM | Reply | Flag:

Not many Drudge lefties would pass a Turing test.


Wouldn't just limit it to lefties.

Some here are way too consistent with their views, regardless of the facts (again both sides), that it's hard to imagine they have wetworks between their ears.

Then again, I guess you could expect it when being having their brains scrubbed by their "sources" of information.

#7 | Posted by Lohocla at 2014-06-10 10:28 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

All this proves is that 33% of the judges are idiots.

#8 | Posted by path at 2014-06-10 10:32 AM | Reply | Flag:

now give it the voight-kampff test...

#9 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2014-06-10 10:55 AM | Reply | Flag:


No, A 'Supercomputer' Did NOT Pass The Turing Test For The First Time And Everyone Should Know Better


#10 | Posted by Dave at 2014-06-10 11:21 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1


#11 | Posted by mOntecOre at 2014-06-10 05:13 PM | Reply | Flag:

I do this on quite a few experiments that I help work on. It usually takes about four or five interactions, maybe 40 seconds max to figure it out. I couldn't imagine being fooled after 15-25 attempts. It would be like a "Pat" skit from SNL.

#12 | Posted by bocaink at 2014-06-10 07:10 PM | Reply | Flag:

#10 | Posted by Dave

Any link becomes 10,000 times more awesome when XKCD is involved.

#13 | Posted by mariosanchez at 2014-06-11 03:29 AM | Reply | Flag:


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