A computer program named “Eugene Goostman” has convinced a third of human judges into thinking it is a 13-year-old boy, becoming the first machine to pass the Turing test, Hannah Furness of The Telegraph reports.
Computer science pioneer and World War II codebreaker Alan Turing created the test in 1950 in a paper which opens with the words: “I propose to consider the question, ‘Can machines think?’”
He argued that if a machine dupes 30% of human participants during a series of chats, then it is exhibiting intelligent behavior that is indistinguishable from that of a human. Passed that threshold, according to Turing, the idea of a “thinking machine” would no longer be contradictory.
Here is the standard interpretation of the Turing Test, in which the interrogator (Player C) is tasked with trying to determine which player – A or B – is a computer and which is a human based on responses to written questions.