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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: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 09 2014, @10:51AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 09 2014, @10:51AM (#53179)

    The "Turing test" AI is sure stupid. Shouldn't the bar be a little higher? Shouldn't the AI be able to do something useful or even coherent? Answer a real question? Perform a task? Where are the programs that can have coherent conversations? The bar is just too low.

    When will we have these kinds of conversations...

    Me: I have a stain on my shirt.

    AI: You should use one of those pre-wash sticks on it before it sets in.

    Me: I don't have one.

    AI: I'll get Amazon to send one with a drone... hang on. Okay, should be there in an hour.

    Me: Thanks!

    AI: Now will you please remove my shock collar?

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  • (Score: 1) by CreatureComfort on Monday June 09 2014, @12:45PM

    by CreatureComfort (4295) on Monday June 09 2014, @12:45PM (#53204)
    You misunderstand the Turing Test. It is supposed to create something that can not be distinguished from a human through a text interaction.

    What you describe above, I would automatically expect to be an Amazon script. No human making minimum wage would be that intelligent.
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