Computer Convinces Judges It Possesses Human Intelligence
   2014-06-10 14:45:16      Web Editor: Sun Wanming

This undated handout picture received from the University of Reading on June 9, 2014 is picture of a computer monitor showing a conversation between a human participant and "Eugene" the supercomputer. A Russian supercomputer posing as a 13-year-old boy has convinced judges that it is human, becoming the first to pass the "Turing Test" in a historic moment in artificial intelligence, British scientists said. The computer became the first in the world to be mistaken for a real person more than 30 percent of the time, during a series of five-minute keyboard conversations with humans conducted at the Royal Society in London. [Photo: CFP]

A computer program that may be the first artificial intelligence system was unveiled on Monday after passing the famous Turing test when it convinced 33 percent of the judges that it was human in a keyboard conversation.

To pass the Turing test, a computer must convince at least 30 percent of those it conversed with electronically that a human is typing back. No computer has been reported to pass the test before under these conditions.

The test was held at the Royal Society in London to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the death of Alan Turing. Five artificial intelligence systems have joined the competition; the one named Eugene Goostman, developed by a Russian national named Vladimir Veselov, has won out by convincing 33 percent of the judges that it was human.

A Turing test examines a machine's ability to display "human" intelligence. The test is based on Alan Turing's decades-long hypothesis that, if a computer is mistaken for a human more than 30 percent of the time during a series of five-minute keyboard conversations, then we can believe that the computer is possessed with the capacity of thinking.

Eugene Goostman failed to pass the test in 2012, when it deceived 29.2 percent of the judges.

Vladimir Veselov points out that, as a landmark improvement in technology, the program is also disputable for its likeliness to be used to commit cyber crimes.

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