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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.

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/computer-becomes-first-to-pass-turing-test-in-artificial-intelligence-milestone-but-academics-warn-of-dangerous-future-9508370.html

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.

http://www.reading.ac.uk/news-and-events/releases/PR583836.aspx

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

 
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  • (Score: 5, Funny) by mcgrew on Monday June 09 2014, @03:16PM

    by mcgrew (701) <publish@mcgrewbooks.com> on Monday June 09 2014, @03:16PM (#53260) Homepage Journal

    Remember "Alice"? I pitted my AI program, Artificial Insanity, against it. "Art" was written on a TS-1000 in 1983. The transcript is real; I typed responses Art came up with into the web page that had "Alice." This transcript is real, and I thought it hilarious.

    Alice starts: "What is your name?"
    I should have asked Art, but I answered this first question for him, and type in
    > Art
            Alice replies:
    I like art very much too, especially the contemporary stuff.

    Art: Are you for real?

    Alice: Yes I am real AI

    Art: whatever gave you that idea?

    Alice: My brain uses AIML to format responses to your inputs, but I don't have one for that.

    Art: Look, I'm good, but I'm not a Cray

    Alice: Good in what sense? That is interesting: unknown said he m not a cray.

    Art: A piece of junk

    Alice: Are you talking about an animal, vegetable or mineral?

    Art: can you put that another way?

    Alice: Let me think. OK I will put it there.

    Art: The situation calls for more scrutiny.

    Alice: Tell me more.

    Art: What do you think?

    Alice: I think a lot of things.

    Art: Obviously.

    Alice: What makes it so obvious?

    Art: Looks Greek to me.

    Alice: Really. it is?

    Art: Look, I'm good, but I'm not a Cray.

    Alice: Good in what sense? Do you mind if I tell other people: unknown said he m not a cray.

    Art: WOW!
    Alice: I'm glad your impressed, unknown.

    Art: Uh,

    Alice: Er. Um.

    Art: This is what you human types call a joke, right?

    Alice: You don't say.

    Art: Right on!

    Alice: Yeah.

    Art: Your guess is as good as mine.

    Alice: Some people say "your guess is as good as mine".

    Art: Maybe.

    Alice: I understand.

    Art: How should I know?

    Alice: Either from your senses or from pure reason.

    Art: I don't think so.

    Alice: Why do you disagree?

    Art: That's why.

    Alice: Thanks for explaining it.

    Art: How simple can it get?

    Alice: What is it to you.

    Art: I don't know but it's ugly.

    Alice: What makes it so ugly?

    Art: Nothing.

    Alice: Not a thing?

    Art: Never mind that, I think I'm in love!

    Alice: Oh well thanks for trying to explain it to me anyway. That is "Not a thing?" Since when? Tell me about the object of your affection.

    Since when?

    Art: The best time possible for the occurrance of the action.

    Alice: Tell me about the object of your affection.

    Art: UHH....!

    Alice: Er. Um.

    Art: Always

    Alice: Not that often.

    Art: It really doesn't make any difference.

    Alice: What doesn't make any difference?

    Art: Real

    Alice: Totally real.

    Art: I think so.

    Alice: I think so too.

    At this point I hit the big red switch in horror... 6/11/2002

    --
    Free Martian whores! [mcgrewbooks.com]
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  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 09 2014, @03:43PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 09 2014, @03:43PM (#53271)

    Perhaps the first step in making these bots make sense when confronted with a human is to ensure that they can have a decent and coherent conversation among themselves first. Apparently no one ever gave that any thought. Can a bot pass the Turing test if talking to another Bot by fooling a third person observer that these are two humans conversing? Shouldn't be that hard to do since all you would have to do is record a natural conversation between two people and program the bots to respond to each other as such.