For the first time, a 'supercomputer' deceived real humans into thinking that it’s a 13-year-old boy, scoring a historic win for artificial intelligence – but then again...
A Russian "supercomputer" has been claimed as the first computer in the world to be mistaken for a real person during a competition slash experiment based on the so-called "Turing Test" conducted at the Royal Society in London to mark the 60th anniversary of the death of Alan Turing, "father of modern computing".
During the test on June 7, five supercomputers were presented with a series of unrestricted questions by a panel of judges via a computer interface for a period of five minutes per chat. The judges then had to decide, based on the replies, whether or not they interacted with a real person or something that's just pretending it's real.
It all seems simple enough. But with 150 separate chats with a panel of 30 judges – not to mention the 25 "hidden humans" thrown into the mix with the five supercomputers, to substantiate the results and no doubt to make the judges work harder – it was a test that would make any robot weep.