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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: 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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