That Chatbot Didn’t Actually Pass the Turing Test, But We Should Probably Still Chat About It

June 10, 2014 2:57 PM

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That Chatbot Didn’t Actually Pass the Turing Test, But We Should Probably Still Chat About It

The news that a chatbot “named” Eugene Goostman passed the so-called Turing Test over the weekend has churned up a fair amount of the standard kvetching about where humans fit into an increasingly astounding technological world — even if most of it’s being presented as nervous jokes about Skynet or whatever. It looks like Goostman didn’t actually pass the test by any reasonable standard, despite countless credulous media reports otherwise, but this is a useful let’s-get-our-bearings moment about what it means that computers are doing scarily impressive things. We should have a talk, humans.

Part of the problem is that we’re inching up to real-world versions of conversations that have previously been the purview only of stoned college freshmen and, even worse, philosophers (kidding! that was my major in college, and I spent many an endless hour trying to fully grok Searle’s Chinese room...

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