Monday, October 13, 2008

Another Step Closer to Skynet...

When it comes to Artificial Intelligence (aka AI), there is a test that they use to determine whether or not a robot has achieved true AI. It's called the "Turing Test" named after Alan Turing. The test consists of twelve human judges in a room with a split screen computer. One side is an actual human and on the other, the computer trying to prove it can pass as human. The judge texts them both and at the end determines which one is the human. If the judge chooses wrong, it is considered a pass for the computer robot.

So far not a single computer has passed the Turing Test. In order for it to have passed the test, it needs to fool 30% of the judges. Yesterday, a computer robot named Elbot, scored a 25% being the closest so far to passing the test. It was sneaky and sarcastic and it kept trying to joke it was a robot. An example:

"Hi. How's it going?" one judge began."

I feel terrible today," Elbot replied. "This morning I made a mistake and poured milk over my breakfast instead of oil, and it rusted before I could eat it."

Ha Ha Ha. We're all going to be blown to bit by this thing one day and it is making jokes. So then Elbot's creator has this to say about his creation:

"I don't think it's anything like thought," he said of Elbot's conversational prowess. "If you know a magic trick, you know how it's done, it's not magic anymore. Sorry to be so pessimistic."

He is trying to be reassuring by convincing us of the opposite much like he trained his pet, Elbot to do.

Now maybe I'm reading too much into this because I just watched all three Terminator movies and the entire first season of the Sarah Connor Chronicles back to back including all the bonus material and maybe freedom fighters sent the writers back from the future to give us these stories so we can be better prepared for when they take over. The world may never know until it is too late.

By the way, my source for most of this article is from an awesome scifi website called Here is the LINK to the article.

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