Computer That Managed to Fool Humans

Computer That Managed to Fool Humans

With the advent of technology in the recent years, it has been widely discussed if the Artificial Intelligence (AI) can, one day, become more or less like the human mind. There have always been some doubts about this, but some recent news showed that it can, in fact, become real. Eugene Goostman, a 13 year old Ukrainian boy, managed to fool 33 per cent of the juries that evaluated him in the popular Turing Test: truth is, Eugene was a computer.

Ray Kurzweil is a computer scientist, usually acclaimed as one of the biggest innovators in the field of AI. Kurzweil is, at the moment, director of Google's Engineering field, and he believes that computers will match our thinking capacity by 2029 - specifically, the ability of learning from experience. Actually, Kurzweil knows "a thing or two" about this subject: he predicted the victory of a computer over the Chess World Champion (Deep Blue beating Garry Kasparov in 1997) and the growth and expansion of the network, that we now know as Internet, when it was being used only by a few people.

However, last week, in the University of Reading (United Kingdom), something amazing happened. Eugene Goostman, supposedly a 13 year old boy from Ukraine (that was a computer), managed to deceive over a third of the judges evaluating it during a 5 minute chat, therefore passing the famous Turing Test. This test, developed by Alan Turing in 1950, evaluates the capacity of a machine to think like a human. If the test result is over 30%, then it can be considered that the machine has similar capacities to the human mind - Eugene got 33%.

This "chatbot" has been developed by the Russian programmers Sergey Ulasen, Eugene Demchenko and Veselov. It stated that it was Ukrainian, with an age of 13, that it liked candy and hamburgers and that his father was a gynecologist. Interestingly enough, this same machine reached a result of 29% in the Turing Test, back in 2009.

Kevin Warwick, a British engineer and one of the evaluators of Eugene, acknowledged the impressive results the machine got, but also advised that it can have an important impact in the human society, as it can be used by cybercriminals to mischief humans.

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