A Chatbot Named Eugene Tries to Cheat on the Turing Test

June 13, 2014 12:37 PM

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A Chatbot Named Eugene Tries to Cheat on the Turing Test

This week, the press was all over the story that a Russian-developed chatbot posing as a 13-year-old Ukrainian boy named “Eugene Goostman” was the first instance of an “artificial intelligence” to pass the Turing Test. The Turing Test, if you’re not familiar with it, is a test designed to measure the “humanity” of an artificial intelligence through text-based conversations. The benchmark: It has to fool humans into believing that a person is doing the typing.

The tenor of the first news reactions: In less time than you can say Bletchley Park, we went from “Wow, isn’t technology amazing?” to “Oh my god, we’re all going to become a race of slaves to our new robot overlords!”

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