[ExI] turing test, was: RE: ai class at stanford

Emlyn emlynoregan at gmail.com
Tue Aug 30 02:26:24 UTC 2011

"We begin with a love story--from a man who unwittingly fell in love
with a chatbot on an online dating site. Then, we encounter a robot
therapist whose inventor became so unnerved by its success that he
pulled the plug. And we talk to the man who coded Cleverbot, a
software program that learns from every new line of conversation it
receives...and that's chatting with more than 3 million humans each
month. Then, five intrepid kids help us test a hypothesis about a toy
designed to push our buttons, and play on our human empathy. And we
meet a robot built to be so sentient that its creators hope it will
one day have a consciousness, and a life, all its own. "


Make the time to listen to this, the interview with the creator of the
Furby is worth the price of admission alone. But the first story, the
guy who fell in love with a chatbot? It happened twice, and I believe
he said he works in AI. Fascinating.


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On 30 August 2011 11:05, spike <spike66 at att.net> wrote:
>>... On Behalf Of Adrian Tymes
> Subject: Re: [ExI] ai class at stanford
> On Mon, Aug 29, 2011 at 3:53 PM, Mike Dougherty <msd001 at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> ... but where/when do you call it a person and grant it all the
>>> rights that people currently hold?
>>...The current standard, so far as there is one, is when it passes the
> Turing Test.
> That notion is oversimplified.  In a limited sense, an Eliza derivative,
> which is really merely a lookup table, has already passed the Turing test.
> A few years ago a guy created a teen-speak version of Eliza and turned it
> loose in a teen chat site.  Granted it was a limited version of the Turing
> test, since the teens did not generally know there is a chat simulator, but
> some of them fell hard for it.  One conversation went on for over fifty
> minutes.  Even then, the reason the twit caught on is by noting that the
> answers were coming back too fast to have been done by a human.
> In the recent chess tournament, the opponent of the cheater were initially
> fooled, thinking they were playing a human when they were actually playing a
> computer.  This limited Turing test was initially passed, then subsequently
> failed, after the arbiters became suspicious that an untitled player was
> scalping experts and masters.  In that case, the Turing test failure was
> only uncovered by results, not the "dialog" of the chess game.
> When a computer passes a rigorous version of the Turing test, we may
> discover that human intelligence is for the most part an enormous lookup
> table, or is far simpler in common practice than we always assumed.  Eliza
> is a far more interesting conversationalist than at least some humans
> currently.
> spike
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