Turing: You can't fool me.
On Saturday, a chatbot named Eugene Goostman successfully passed the "believability" bar for artificial intelligence known as the Turing Test. Not so fast -- this has been done before -- claim a few detractors.
Regardless, we can be sure the technology will eventually find its way into "smart" defective smoke detectors, or IP-enabled-thingmajigs to help pitch ads and gather usage data. But then again, maybe improved AI really could have a useful purpose -- perhaps Eugene can teach our mobile phones how to reliably understand voice commands.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers upgrade their neural-network processors.
Filling in for our humble blogwatcher Richi Jennings, is a humbler Stephen Glasskeys.
Andrew Griffin is convincing -- 33% of the time:
A programme that convinced humans that it was a 13-year-old boy has become the first computer ever to pass the Turing Test.
...Eugene Goostman, a computer programme made by a team based in Russia, succeeded in a test conducted at the Royal Society in London. It convinced 33 per cent of the judges that it was human, said academics at the University of Reading, which organised the test. MORE
Don't believe everything you read online, says Dante D'Orazio:
Eugene Goostman seems like a typical 13-year-old Ukrainian boy -- at least, that's what a third of judges at a Turing Test competition this Saturday thought.
...The program nearly passed the test back in 2012, when 29 percent of judges...decided that it was a human. Despite the achievement [this test is] far from conclusive and [doesn't] mean that the machines are taking over the world -- no matter what you read on the internet. MORE
So Molly McHugh combs through the fine print:
"Eugene" succeeded. However, the win comes with a small asterisk: Others claim to have passed the Turing Test.
...[In] 2011, a system called Cleverbot was reported to have passed the test.
...In 2012, it was suggested that software designed for a bot tournament had passed the Turing Test. The UT^2 program competed against humans in a video game, convincing their opponents they were human as well.
...Eugene's win will likely only reignite debate over...the Turing Test, as well as how we measure the capability of AI technology. MORE
Straight from Higher Ed, the talking horse:
An historic milestone in artificial intelligence set by Alan Turing - the father of modern computer science - has been achieved at an event organised by the University of Reading.
...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. MORE
Add Chris Dixon to the list of skeptics:
Press is credulously repeating Turing Test claims. Another Dorian Nakomoto situation. MORE
Meanwhile, Clayton Cubitt describes infinity:
Maybe the machines aren't getting smarter. Maybe the humans are just getting dumber. MORE
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