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Artificial Intelligence software came close to beating the Turing Test for the first time over the weekend, scoring just 5% below the required pass rate.
The Turing Test, developed by English Mathematician Alan Turing, is designed to measure the ability of a computer program to mimic human conversation.
In the test, human integrators communicate via a terminal with either a human or a computer simulation. If a program can convince 30% of judges that it is human, then it passes the Turing Test. However, since it was devised in the 1950s no machine has ever passed.
"Although the machines aren't yet good enough to fool all of the people all of the time, they are certainly at the stage of fooling some of the people some of the time," says the organiser of the Turing Test, Professor Kevin Warwick from the University of Reading's School of Systems Engineering.
"Today's results actually show a more complex story than a straight pass or fail by one machine. Where the machines were identified correctly by the human interrogators as machines, the conversational abilities of each machine was scored at 80 and 90%.
"This demonstrates how close machines are getting to reaching the milestone of communicating with us in a way in which we are comfortable. That eventual day will herald a new phase in our relationship with machines, bringing closer the time in which robots start to play an active role in our daily lives"
Originally posted by Man_Versus_AntiMan
display actual intelligence; judement, reasoning ability, even self awareness.
[edit on 13-10-2008 by Man_Versus_AntiMan]