Computer Fools Panel Into Thinking It's 13-Year-Old Boy

Monday, 09 Jun 2014 01:41 PM

By Lisa Degnen

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
A computer was able to convince a group of judges that it was actually a human being.

According to a report on The Verge, a team of computer engineers led by Russian Vladimir Veselov and Ukrainian Eugene Demchenko was able to convince a panel that they were encountering a 13-year-old Ukrainian boy named Eugene Goostman. The "boy" told them he likes hamburgers and candy and that his father is a gynecologist, and at least 30 percent of the judges thought they were speaking to a human being.

That's what it took to pass the Turing Test, the site says. The test was developed by a scientist named Alan Turing in 1950 to determine whether machines can be created to have artificial intelligence.

The University of Reading held the competition in London on Saturday.

"This event involved the most simultaneous comparison tests than ever before, was independently verified and, crucially, the conversations were unrestricted," The Verge quotes Professor Kevin Warwick as saying.

One other computer nearly had testers stumped in 2012, but then only 29 percent of those judges decided that it was a human.

The Verge is quick to point out that the public shouldn't start believing this is HAL from "2001: A Space Odyssey."

"The Turing Test doesn't hinge on whether the computer's responses are correct or not," the site explains. "It only involves the 'humanness' of its answers. The test is carried out over a text chat."

Judges may have thought it was conceivable that a real 13-year-old boy might not know the answers to a lot of questions they asked.

Terrence McCoy from The Washington Post adds: "What I most like [about] this is that the computer program pretended to be Eugene, from Ukraine. This of course leads to the obvious question: How much do you really know about who I am?"

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

SpaceX Rocket Explodes During Test Flight

Friday, 22 Aug 2014 21:17 PM

A SpaceX rocket exploded in midair during a test flight Friday, though no one was injured, as the company seeks to devel . . .

Two Ancient Mayan Cities Unearthed in Mexican Jungle

Friday, 22 Aug 2014 13:14 PM

Deep in the southeastern part of the Mexican state of Campeche, the remnants of two ancient Mayan cities have been unear . . .

Dinosaur Footprints Set for Public Display in Utah

Friday, 22 Aug 2014 11:25 AM

A dry wash full of 112-million-year-old dinosaur tracks that include prints left behind by an ankylosaurus, dromaeosauru . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved