Turing Test Finally Passed?
A computer has finally officially passed the Turing Test!
I’ve waited for this day much of my life but I gotta admit, I’m disappointed.
Legendary Alan Turing, the father of Artificial Intelligence and Theoretical Computer Science, devised his Turing Test in 1950 to determine if machines could think. If 30% or more human judges thought that a text-based conversation with a machine was a human, the test would be passed.
This was accomplished on June 7th by a software program imitating a 13 year-old boy. This title has been claimed before but critically, this time the questions were free-form and unrestricted, a mark of a true Turing Test, apparently.
This is cool and all but it’s not what I thought it would be. This program isn’t truly intelligent or conscious. It doesn’t understand what it says. It’s more of a slick manipulative chatbot. That 30% figure is also not what Turing considered a real passing mark; he thought that number reflected what may be possible by the year 2000. And seriously, 30% is totally lame anyway.
We need a revised Turing Test to reflect our more nuanced understanding of intelligence, the mind, computer science etc. I wanna see it do things like intelligently parse a complex visual scene or better yet, bring our civilization to its knees in a really cool, thoughtful way.
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