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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: 5, Informative) by VLM on Monday June 09 2014, @01:41PM

    by VLM (445) on Monday June 09 2014, @01:41PM (#53215)

    And even worse they cheated and used a 13 year old boy as a model instead of an adult.

    I could replace my 11 year old with a very small sales droid script. You know how when you call a monolithic faceless customer hating corporation to report a problem to some droid in the Philippines and you hear "I'm sorry to hear your phone line isn't working. But, would you like to add three way calling to your account for only $5 per month? Its a real good deal!". That's how talking to a real eleven year old actually sounds. "Is your homework done?" "No, but Dad, did you know my friend XYZ just got lego marvel universe for his PS3 and he says its the best game ever especially ironman can fly and I think we should buy it, so I can play it. And then I'd need a PS3 too, I could put it right next to the xbox." Every REAL answer to an interrogative must have a suffixed non sequitur about video games that's 10-20 times the length of the on topic answer. It is EXACTLY like calling the phone or cable company other than no crappy on hold music and no "for training purposes this call may be monitored".

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  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by mcgrew on Monday June 09 2014, @02:42PM

    by mcgrew (701) <> on Monday June 09 2014, @02:42PM (#53241) Homepage Journal

    What people forget or don't know to begin with is how easy it is to fool people. I wrote a Turing test program way back in 1982 to demonstrate this, and it backfired on me: folks thought it really could think. A 1mHz Z80 TS-1000 with 16k of memory. It would give smart-assed answers to questions.

    I was an amateur magician as a kid. Making people believe in magic is simply REALLY easy.

    I read of one such test with a keyboard and two monitors, one of which was fed my the A"I" and the other by a human. The guy who was supposed to figure out which one had a human behind it just sat there. Ten minutes later one screen typed out "Hello? Anybody there?"

    "That's the human," the subject said pointing at the text.

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