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Sunday, June 08, 2014

We Were Discussing You, Not Skynet

Well, it's not Eliza:

A Russian chatterbot named "Eugene Goostman" has become the first to pass the Turing Test – an assessment of machine intelligence first proposed in 1950 by visionary mathematician, logician and codebreaker Alan Turing – by convincing 1 in 3 judges that it was a 13-year-old non-native-English-speaking Ukrainian boy.

"Eugene" and four other computerized contenders took part Saturday at the Turing Test 2014 Competition at the Royal Society in London. Each chatterbox was required to engage in a series of five-minute text-based conversations with a panel of judges. The rules stipulate that a computer passes the test if it is mistaken for a human more than 30% of the time. Eugene managed to convince 33% of the judges it was human, the only machine-contender at the competition – indeed, if the event's independent verifiers are to be believed, the only machine-contender in history – to do so. A veteran of the Loebner prize and the Chatterbox challenge,Eugene also took first place at the 2012 Turing Test, though it only duped 29% of that year's judges.

On a poignant note, the competition was held on the 60th anniversary of Turing's death, less than six months after he was granted a posthumous royal pardon for a 1952-conviction of "gross indeceny," the standard criminal charge at the time for homosexuality.

We've come such a long way.  But still not enough.

ntodd

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