Computer AI passes the Turing test for the first time

June 10, 2014 12:53 PM

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If you needed more evidence of the rise of the machines, there’s news from London this weekend where a computer has successfully passed the Turing test for the first time. Under the rules of the test, named after brilliant British mathematician Alan Turing, a computer program must convince more than 30 percent of those interacting with it that it is human.

The rule has long been held as a barometer of progress in the field of Artificial Intelligence and the fact that a contestant at the Royal Society of London has succeeded is significant. While other similar claims have been made in the past, one of the organizers said that “this event involved the m...

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