Pop quiz, hot shots: Can an A.I. pass the Turing test?

October 16, 2008

Sources: Yahoo! via AP, New Scientist, Loebner Prize for Artificial Intelligence, Elbot online.

Hope everyone studied for the test. Over the past weekend artificial intelligence-based “chatbots” were given the Turing test to determine who… make that “what”… had the programming to fool the judges into believing they were talking to a human and not a bot. There are three level of medals (like the olympics) that are awarded to the top bot:

  • Bronze: Given to the bot best able to mimic human conversation in text form, like an old-style chatroom.
  • Silver: The bot would need to pass a longer version of the Turing test while fooling half of the judges.
  • Gold: Like the silver, but the bot would process audio and video.
  • So far, there have been no silver or gold winners. The bronze medal winner is the Elbot AI from Artificial Solutions. You can try Elbot for yourself, but don’t expect straight answers from this program. I tried it out myself briefly. I’m no AI expert, but we can rest easy in that a fully gold-medal Turing-bot is still a long ways off.

    Elbot AI

    Click the image to ‘chat’ with Elbot.

    Of course, that doesn’t mean they’re not going to try it again next year…

    This post has been filed under Rise of the Robots, News as Cyberpunk by Mr. Roboto.

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