Computer program fools humans and passes Turing test


True or false?

Eugene Goostman

It wasn’t Siri, nor a bloated Scarlett Johansson.

However, it seems that artificial intelligence has gone even further to a point where it will trick us into telling us that it is like us. The emphasis is on the “maybe”.

A team based in Russia claims to be the first to create a program that has passed the Turing test. Named after Alain turing – died June 7, 1954 – the challenge is to persuade at least 30 percent of humans that the computer program is a real person.

As the Independent reported, in tests conducted at the Royal Society in London, the Eugene Goostman program was able to persuade 33% of people that it was a 13-year-old boy from Odessa, Ukraine.

The event was organized by the University of Reading. The university insisted that this was the first time the Turing test had been passed with a flying deception.

Professor Ken Warwick, visiting professor at Reading, said in a press release: “Some will claim that the test has already been passed. The words Turing Test have been applied to similar competitions around the world. However, this event involved the most simultaneous comparison. testing than ever before, was independently verified and, most importantly, conversations were not restricted. A true Turing test does not define questions or topics before conversations. We are therefore proud to report that Alan Turing’s test was passed for the first time on Saturday. “

There is some convenience in pretending that you are a 13 year old boy, of course. You can fool people more easily because, unlike IBM’s Watson, you don’t have to pretend you know everything. Rather, you should have a very well-designed “dialog controller”.

The man behind the boy, Vladimir Veslov, explained: “This year we have improved the ‘dialogue controller’, which makes the conversation much more human compared to programs that simply answer questions. we plan to make Eugene smarter and continue to work on improving what we call “conversational logic”.

Some will be disturbed that computers are getting so wise. The opportunities for online fraud are sure to increase.

(It turns out that some of the contest entrants are confused by the university’s claims, according to a Guardian Monday article. “It entertained some – not all – who tried it for more than five minutes,” Aaron Sloman, a professor at the University of Birmingham who was a judge at the event, told The Guardian, “But it’s basically stupid and incompetent no matter how many people he fools for how long.”)

Those who are gullible at such things, however, are often the ones who just don’t think about sending a date online that they’ve never encountered huge sums of money.

The woman who was tricked into transferring $ 500,000 to someone she had met on a Christian dating site is just one example.

It is true, however, that as AI progresses we will be forced to think twice when we meet “people” online.

This is one more complication in an already mentally difficult world.

I wonder what Turing would have done with all of this.

Updated June 9, 4:18 p.m. PT: The title and story have been changed to reflect that there have been some doubts about the program’s success on the Turing test.


Gordon K. Morehouse