Software Program Passes the Turing Test

The Turing Test was posited in a 1950 paper by Alan Turing as a way to determine the existence of artificial intelligence.  If, after interacting with a computer in five-minute text conversations, at least 30% of human beings cannot tell whether another human being is on the other end of the communication, then the computer, or its software program, has passed the Turing Test.

Saturday was the 60th anniversary of Turing’s death, and a test was held on that day.  A program posing as a 13-year-old Ukrainian boy passed the test.  Before long, we may all be interacting online and perhaps on the telephone with computers without being able to tell. Many such interactions are already unsatisfactory, and it’s hard to believe this development will improve that in the near term.  Plus, as the article notes, the better computers get at this, the greater the risk of cyber crime.

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