Computer Program ‘Eugene Goostman’ Passes Turing Test

'Eugene' wants to know where you live. It's not a secret, is it?

‘Eugene’ wants to know where you live. It’s not a secret, is it?

The program convinced humans that that it was a 13 year-old boy. You can chat with it here.

A programme that convinced humans that it was a 13-year-old boy has become the first computer ever to pass the Turing Test. The test — which requires that computers are indistinguishable from humans — is considered a landmark in the development of artificial intelligence, but academics have warned that the technology could be used for cybercrime.

Computing pioneer Alan Turing said that a computer could be understood to be thinking if it passed the test, which requires that a computer dupes 30 per cent of human interrogators in five-minute text conversations.

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.

It is thought to be the first computer to pass the iconic test. Though other programmes have claimed successes, those included set topics or questions in advance.

via Computer becomes first to pass Turing Test in artificial intelligence milestone, but academics warn of dangerous future – Gadgets and Tech – Life & Style – The Independent.

29 Comments on "Computer Program ‘Eugene Goostman’ Passes Turing Test"

  1. Anarchy Pony | Jun 9, 2014 at 6:33 pm |

    AI’s first assignment? Impersonate a human. Can’t see that biting us in the ass.

    • Lookinfor Buford | Jun 10, 2014 at 8:23 am |

      Turing was really saying the computer simply needs to have the ability to answer any question asked it, coherently. And also saying it would be very not easy.

    • Much as I suspected, really. Had a quick interaction with it myself and found it impossible to have more than two or three exchanges without the cracks showing in spectacularly dumb fashion.

      The 30% fooled by this must have had intelligence levels like heavily concussed bees at best, themselves. Or have really “wanted to believe” so badly that they suspended their own critical faculties.

      Still, maybe it sold a few newspapers, or lured some clicks…

  2. DeepCough | Jun 9, 2014 at 9:04 pm |

    Please, please tell me that To Catch a Predator is not going to get a reboot.

  3. BuzzCoastin | Jun 10, 2014 at 2:06 am |

    I’ve interacted with humans that can’t pass for human
    which is about the only way silicon could pass for human
    by acting as an inhuman human

  4. InfvoCuernos | Jun 10, 2014 at 3:17 am |

    Where’s Simon Valentine? That bot’s at least as good at sounding human as this thing.

    • Heheh, skimming down through all the linked stories there… What a chorus of uncritical, me-too stupidity.

    • Matt Staggs | Jun 11, 2014 at 1:44 pm |

      I had scheduled the Goostman story in advance, moments after it popped up on my personal RSS feed. The criticism that erupted thereafter came while I was on a deadline for a project. I haven’t had time to follow up. I’m very skeptical of transhumanism’s coming techno-utopia, personally.

  5. Craig Bickford | Jun 10, 2014 at 7:20 am |

    the Transhumanists want to believe sooooo hard that the Ais are coming.

    • I know. It’s kind of sad and more than a little pathetic, really.

    • Coming? Its already here and its being used in video analytic software and im sure other analysis type uses. Its in primative stages and not in some advanced form able to mimic humans or as some sentient artificial life form, which is obviously what you think is the only thing that defines AI.

      Plus with silicon based chips it will be nearly impossible to build a computer that can rival the human brain and operate as a sentient being which is a lot because human brains operate more like a quantum computer than silicone based one. It will be once they create working quantum computers and have more advances in software code writing that I would be more able to believe some sort of sentient type AI being able to exist.

  6. Craig Bickford | Jun 10, 2014 at 7:24 am |

    It’s kind of sad we have all forgotten that there was a movement for a while several decades ago to use anthropology as a weapon (a term someone coined, though I forget the source atm), with the Piltdown man and other eugenics inspired and crafted disinformation. It’s funny that no one is pointing out that the reverse could be true with stories like this one, where we are goaded and tricked into believing in the AI bogey man, but for what end? There isn’t even any certainty that a functional AI is possible, even including some of Kurzweil’s and others more extravagant claims on the subject, yet it persists.

    • Craig Bickford | Jun 10, 2014 at 7:26 am |

      And yes I know one obvious end would be to get your name in the newspaper, but extravagantly over the top conspiracy theorists have been floating equally incomprehensible claims (I’m thinking of holographic planes and cruise missiels that blew up the Pentagon, that Lizard people are wearing the skins of the royals etc) for a long time with no real coverage, primarily because there are editors staff that edit stuff.

    • Ted Heistman | Jun 10, 2014 at 11:30 am |

      I think a C3PO type dude is not that far off. Killer Robots aren’t that far off. Also there are really insidious things already happening like computer programs controlling the stock market.

      So there is plenty of fodder for dystopian nightmares. Its the Utopian technophile wet dreams that are falling short.

      • Lookinfor Buford | Jun 10, 2014 at 3:36 pm |

        Agree with all except the C3PO statement. Dude, it’s way way way far off. The Turing test is the most basic 1st step to true AI. We’ve been working on it since, well, since Turing. There has not been a single disruption that makes it look anymore plausible today than back then. However, I’m super stoked about the strides DARPA is making with cybernetics. Human assisted computers, and computer assisted humans.. that’s where to look for the bleeding edge. AI, so far, FAIL.

  7. Lookinfor Buford | Jun 10, 2014 at 7:58 am |

    *cough ** bullshit *cough cough**

  8. TechDirt debunked this already

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