Computer Passes Turing Test After Convincing Users It's Human

Jun 09, 2014 08:53 AM EDT | Matt Mercuro

For the first time ever, a computer has passed the Turing Test, by convincing users it is human, according to BBC News.

The machine fooled investigators into thinking it was a 13-year-old Ukraine boy named Eugene Goostman during a text conversation in an experiment conducted by the Royal Society.

Five different programs were put on trial at the Royal Society, according to The Telegraph.

The Turing Test was devised by computer science pioneer Alan Turing in 1950. He called the test the "imitation game," where a judge talks to one human and one machine through a system that obscures everything by test. If the judge is fooled by more than 30 percent of the time, the machine can be considered intelligent.

During the test, human judges held 300 five-minute text-based conversations in English with strangers who were either a person in another room or the chat software Eugene. Judges had to decide whether he or she was talking to a person.

Eugene reportedly fooled people 33 percent of the time, which technically means it passed Turing's test, even though most of the judges weren't tricked.

Details on the test will be published officially in a paper soon, according to The Telegraph.

Cybernetics professor Kevin Warwick, who ran the study, said that the findings could explain why people are fooled by cybercrimals, according to BBC News.

Eugene was developed by a team led by Vladimir Veselov, who was born in Russian and now lives in the U.S., and Eugene Demchenko, from the Ukraine.

"Our whole team is very excited with this result. It's a remarkable achievement for us and we hope it boosts interest in artificial intelligence and chatbots," Veselov said in a statement, according to The Register.

The robot was officially introduced in 2001. Click here to access the bot.

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