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Computer Passes Turing Test Posing As 13-Year-Old

Scientists in London just announced that a supercomputer pretending to be a teenager recently convinced judges that it was a human being thus becoming the first artificial intelligence to pass the “Turing Test”.  During a series of different five-minute keyboard conversations with human beings held at the Royal Society in London, England the supercomputer was reportedly “mistaken for a real person” 33 percent of the time during Turing Tests at a competition Saturday.

The Turing Test was created by Alan Turing in 1950. Turing was an English codebreaker during WWII. He was also a “pioneer of computer science” in terms of what computers “think”.

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A computer program passed the Turing Test posing as a 13-year-old/Image:BiliM

The computer was one of five that were asked a number of “unrestricted questions.” Human beings were also asked the questions. Judges had to determine who was a real person and who was not. The successful Russian computer program posed as a 13-year-old boy by the name of Eugene Goostman.

Professor Kevin Warwick of the University of Reading, west of London, said: “In the field of artificial intelligence there is no more iconic and controversial milestone than the Turing Test, when a computer convinces a sufficient number of interrogators into believing that it is not a machine but rather is a human.”

While critics claim that another computer program has already passed the Turing Test, Warwick stated that the Royal Society experiment was more extensive, included questions of a ‘random nature” and was also “independently verified.” Warwick proclaimed: “We are therefore proud to declare that Alan Turing’s Test was passed for the first time on Saturday.”

The “Eugene” program was created by US-based Russian scientist Vladimir Veselov who considers this a “remarkable achievement.” He added: “We spent a lot of time developing a character with a believable personality. This year we improved the ‘dialogue controller’ which makes the conversation far more human-like when compared to programs that just answer questions.” He concluded: “Going forward we plan to make Eugene smarter and continue working on improving what we refer to as ‘conversation logic’.”

Computer Passes Turing Test Posing As 13-Year-Old

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