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Computer fools humans, passes 'Turing Test' for first time

Computer Fools Humans, Passes Turing Test For First Time

For the first time ever, a computer has successfully convinced people into thinking it's an actual human in the iconic "Turing Test."

Computer science pioneer Alan Turing created the test in 1950 asking the question, "Can machines think?"

He claimed that if a machine can trick 30% of human participants during a series of conversations, then it is demonstrating behavior that's indistinguishable from actual people.

A supercomputer named Eugene Goostman did just that at the Royal Society in London. A panel of judges wrote out a series of questions while five computers and five humans responded to them. The judges had to determine which answers came from the actual human.

Goostman posed as a 13-year-old boy and managed to convince 33 percent of the judges ... get this ... on the anniversary of Turing's death.

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Vimala Nowlis June 09 2014 at 5:28 PM

Hal, what are you doing? Hal, stop that.

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dexrmerritt June 09 2014 at 1:00 PM

Hey Eugene could you drop a little of you blood on this tester,,,

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juststeve35 June 09 2014 at 5:30 PM

Turing's Test is supposedly to be applied to an active conversation with the computer, not to reading the computer's replies to preselected questions!

More so-called journalism without the hint of integrity....

How hard would it be for a computer to be programmed to come up with human-like responses to specific queries??

Now, to engage in conversation with back and forth?

THAT'S the Turing Test.

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Franco June 09 2014 at 4:14 PM

Oh yeah? Can it eat a burito and add to the ozone's distress?

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twiggymonsterone June 09 2014 at 12:47 PM

Can it lie, like a human?

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redorek twiggymonsterone June 09 2014 at 7:34 PM

Like a human or lie like a democrat?

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regine24 June 09 2014 at 7:38 PM

This is so stupid. Can a computer think? A computer will spit out only what you program it to.

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ghidra15 regine24 June 09 2014 at 11:30 PM

Give it time.

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kylewilliam88 June 09 2014 at 4:53 PM

I've seen this on almost all the online news groups, but not one link to the chatbot. Anyone have alink for the site to find it at? I wanna play with this thing.

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ectullis June 09 2014 at 4:50 PM

Hope and change

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oujoou June 09 2014 at 4:37 PM

A 13 year old boy. Umm. Why 13? Everyone complains about their parents. Why wouldn't the first 'human' computer be a mom who tells you what to do . . . even when you are just asking about the weather? But I guess nerds/programmers are still 13 personality wise. :( I would save up for the computer personality if it could tell me things I didn't know or that could improve my life with unexpected humor or wisdom. Isn't that what a computer is supposed to do? :( All in all. Great job! :) I took Intro to Philosophy 1 decades ago. Every student had a computer at that time. I remember 'Turing's test' from one of the lectures. I remember thinking it couldn't be done for a long while. :)

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Kate oujoou June 09 2014 at 6:18 PM

Actually, choosing the age of 13 is very clever. The judges could think that if an answer sounded not quite right it's because 'he' is still very young-- or they could think that he's very smart for his age.

No, computers are not 'supposed to improve your life with unexpected humor or wisdom.' Humans are expected to do that. Computers cannot be 'unexpected' because they are programmed.

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degeis June 09 2014 at 4:06 PM

Not surprising considering the average level of intellegence of people in the world today...especially in the USA.

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kylewilliam88 degeis June 09 2014 at 4:54 PM

Then go live in NK

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juststeve35 degeis June 09 2014 at 5:27 PM

How amazingly you feel the need to spew your biased bigotry, even when the article clearly states that this occurred somewhere OTHER than the USA...

Wonder what that indicates about YOUR intelligence, or incredible lack thereof???

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