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posted by martyb on Monday June 09 2014, @05:15AM   Printer-friendly
from the is-now-applying-for-college dept.

Today we bring you two submissions on reports of Eugene passing the Turing Test:

Eugene passed the turing test.

Yet another notch in the belt for bad science reporting.

The singularity is here! jk, lol! While what has happened is an amazing accomplishment and I'm stoked... It doesn't count as a complete passing of the Turing test in my book. This program was written to pass the test, not as a general purpose 'thinking' machine that can pass it. Again, hats off to these guys, but media outlets reporting it as true AI (conjuring images of Data, Rommy, Hal, Sonny, etc.) doesn't seem right.

Turing Test Success

The 65 year-old iconic Turing Test was passed for the very first time by supercomputer Eugene Goostman during Turing Test 2014 held at the renowned Royal Society in London on Saturday.

'Eugene', a computer programme that simulates a 13 year old boy, was developed in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The development team includes Eugene's creator Vladimir Veselov, who was born in Russia and now lives in the United States, and Ukrainian born Eugene Demchenko who now lives in Russia.

Other reports can be found at Ars Technica,, and The Huffington Post.

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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Dunbal on Monday June 09 2014, @10:43AM

    by Dunbal (3515) on Monday June 09 2014, @10:43AM (#53177)

    Emulates a 13 year old? Bullshit. Why does it even bother answering questions with more than one syllable while playing Xbox like a real 13 year old would? Why doesn't it crash, become extremely sluggish or moody if told to go clean its room?

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  • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 09 2014, @12:27PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 09 2014, @12:27PM (#53197)

    You're not my real programmer! I hate you!

  • (Score: 2) by bob_super on Monday June 09 2014, @05:27PM

    by bob_super (1357) on Monday June 09 2014, @05:27PM (#53321)

    I'm calling BS too, unless we find badly hidden evidence that the bot is masturbating when we're not logged in.

  • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Monday June 09 2014, @10:59PM

    by c0lo (156) on Monday June 09 2014, @10:59PM (#53444) Journal

    Emulates a 13 year old? Bullshit.

    No, it's not bullshit, unfortunately. It is not the AI that become more advanced, it is the people who got dumber.
    WaPo [] has a good commentary:

    Also, with no offense intended to the 13-year-olds of the world, they're generally not, as a cohort, the most sophisticated group. Have you read any textual correspondence from a 13-year-old lately? It's basically indistinguishable from bot-speak.

    [tweeter stream from @oliviataters]
    * this day will definitely go by so slow cause of this weather
    * they are four garage sales just on my street lol settle down ppl
    * i will honestly be posting all of these screencaps in some capacity. or a best of at very least.
    * happiness is<///3 :(
    Case in point: Those tweets all come from a bot meant to imitate a teenage girl. At least one besotted follower has allegedly fallen for her.