As many reported yesterday, a chatbot has passed the Turing Test , though under some very convenient conditions. The announcement has led some to declare that the age of AI is finally here, but that’s nonsense. Here’s why the Turing Test is a very poor way of measuring machine intelligence. Advertisement A quick recap of yesterday’s announcement: A Russian-designed chatterbot named “Eugene Goostman” convinced 33% of judges that it was human. But the developers kluged their way to victory by representing Eugene as a 13-year-old, non-native-English-speaking Ukrainian boy. This made its mistakes and inadequacies as a full-blown human more believeable — a tactic which shows how craptastic the Turing Test really is. It worth noting that this is not the first time a chatbot has passed the Turing Test; Cleverbot did it back in 2011 . Eugene’s developers, with cybernetics professor Kevin Warwick at the PR helm, have done a masterful job at heralding their “achievement,” making it seem like much more than it really is. To be clear, Eugene is not a supercomputer, nor is it artificially intelligent or aware in the way many media outlets are claiming. Much of this has to do with the exaggerated importance many… Read full this story
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