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

October 16, 2008

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

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.


    October 16, 2008

    amichail said:

    Check out this Web 2.0 approach to chatbots:

    Just as Deep Blue brute-forced it in chess with speed, the idea behind the Chatbot Game is to brute-force it with a huge number of user-submitted Google-like chat rules.

    Honey said:

    Wow, he even fooled me and I am a robot!

    He thinks monitors are sexy though, so I don’t think he and I would get along.

    Robot love

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    Klaw said:

    The Voight Kampf test from Blade Runner is roughly the same concept as the Turing test.

    Mr No1 said:

    Elbot is not too brilliant… =S

    I find the chatbotgame more interesting somehow. More possibilities…

    October 17, 2008

    Bax said:

    the Voight Kampf test in Blade Runner and Do Androids Dream are exactly opposite, right? The one in Androids tests to see if there is a lack of emotion, while the one in Blade Runner tests to see if they’re over emotional (since they don’t have the experience to control their emotions), right?

    As for the Turing test, I hope the false positives weren’t attempting to act like chat bots, as that would be giving the real bots an undeserving advantage.

    October 19, 2008

    hal said:

    I-god is better!

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