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1 Dr. Matt  Jun 9, 2014 8:15:25am

Next Stop: The Matrix.

2 Dr. Matt  Jun 9, 2014 8:16:01am


Update: An earlier version of this post stated that Turing Test took place at “the University of Reading in London.” The test was conducted in London at the Royal Society, but University of Reading (which organized the event) is, of course, in Reading, England.

3 CriticalDragon1177  Jun 9, 2014 8:23:37am

Floral Giraffe,

I heard about this. The future of artificial intelligence is looking like its going to be amazing!

4 Rightwingconspirator  Jun 9, 2014 8:36:56am

Fantastic science.

On a lighter note…
“Credit Card Services calling about reducing your interest rate on Your Credit Card!”

5 Eclectic Cyborg  Jun 9, 2014 8:48:44pm

re: #1 Dr. Matt

Next Stop: The Matrix Skynet.

6 EiMitch  Jun 10, 2014 9:24:59am

I’m sorry to say that this story is bogus.

It was a chat-bot, not a supercomputer. The judges were hand-picked by the creator of the bot. And those judges only believed the bot was a 13 y/o Ukranian boy because thats what the judges were told in advance. (presumably to explain away the odd responses) Oh, and before I forget, the creator of the chat-bot was Kevin Warwick, who is notorious for making all sorts of crazy, bogus claims to the press all the time.

7 lostlakehiker  Jun 10, 2014 4:49:55pm

The whole point of the Turing test was that it would be a benchmark that was clear and well marked.

We don’t currently have chatbots that can carry on convincing, general-purpose conversations as though they were human. But AI has come a long ways on several fronts. AI programs can now drive, for instance. They can tell the difference, often enough, between skid marks and marked traffic lanes. They don’t run into walls or drive in the oncoming traffic lane. They’ll be driving taxis and long-haul trucks within 10 years.

AI programs can cooperate with human assemblers to the point that a week of training, plus being paired with an assembly robot, enables a rookie worker+robot pair to assemble any of 50 different products. In other words, assembly lines are just about obsolete.

AI programs, paired with cancer image specialists, do better at classifying biopsies than either AI, or unsupported human, interpreters.

So yes, the economic implications are considerable. The philosophical implications are weightier but harder to come to grips with.

8 EiMitch  Jun 10, 2014 5:48:20pm

re: #7 lostlakehiker

AI, in the strictest sense, does not yet exist. What we refer to as AI in the present are just very complicated scripts. Mere instructions. A true artificial intelligence is still science fiction at this point.

The whole point of the Turing test was that it would be a benchmark that was clear and well marked.

No, its just a joke. A chat-bot being able to fool a real person is hardly a high bar. Its more of a publicity stunt. Hence, Kevin Warwick’s involvement.

Besides, somebody already claimed they tested an ai with a higher success rate of fooling “judges” a few years ago.

And they’re hardly the only ones to claim success prior to now. To reiterate, the Turing test is a joke. Its not the benchmark its been made out to be. Us humans are too gullible in more ways than one.

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