Monday, June 23, 2014

Eugene Becomes the First Robot to Pass the Turing Test

Video Source: Yahoo! Tech

A few weeks ago, Russian researchers made history when they created the first robot to pass the Turing Test; they named him, Eugene. Alan Turing created this test to measure the intelligence level of a computer through the interaction of man and machine. The computer passes if more then 30% of humans can not identify that the conversation they are having is with Artificial Intelligence (A.I.).

There are a lot of mixed feelings surrounding this topic; what do you think? Does a robot tricking humans into believing A.I. are human make them a danger to mankind? Or is our society so accustomed to interacting with robots/technology already (Siri, Google Now, etc.), that making them more "human-like" is a benefit? 

I'll leave you with a quote from Professor Warwick, the organizer of the test, "In the field of Artificial Intelligence there is no more iconic and controversial milestone than the Turing Test, when a computer convinces a sufficient number of interrogators into beleiving that it is not a machine but rather is a human. Having a computer that can trick a human into thinking that someone, or even something, is a person we trust is a wake-up call to cybercrime." (Turing Test, Bested, Robot Overlords Creep Closer to Assuming Control).