The Degradation of the Turing Test

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  • There used to be a real annual Turing Test called the Loebner Prize (see or ). This had 4 judges, 4 AI's and 4 "real people". Each judge would simultaneously chat to an AI and a real person and had to select which was which based purely on the chat. The contest stopped a few years ago following Dr Loebner's death and the lack of sponsorship, but during its time none of the AI's fooled the judges.

    IMO the Loebner was the best approach to a "real" Turing test, and it was really interesting to take part in it and see it working. It's a pity it stopped and it would be really good if someone sponsored it again.

  • Actually...the ability of people to distinguish between a person and AI is already minimal as Google demonstrated during one of their conferences in 2018.  The pauses, repetitions, and uhms are very natural.  This brings up a lot of ethical questions.


  • From the article:

    Is this AI bot intelligent?

    It's a funny thing... especially the Turing Test.  My answer is that if it mimics humans, it's probably not "intelligent". 😀




    --Jeff Moden

    RBAR is pronounced "ree-bar" and is a "Modenism" for Row-By-Agonizing-Row.
    First step towards the paradigm shift of writing Set Based code:
    ________Stop thinking about what you want to do to a ROW... think, instead, of what you want to do to a COLUMN.

    Change is inevitable... Change for the better is not.

    Helpful Links:
    How to post code problems
    How to Post Performance Problems
    Create a Tally Function (fnTally)

  • Actually, much (if not most) of the posts in internet discussion forums or social media by actual humans is not really conversational. Folks are triggered by a keyword in someone else's post (perhaps taken out of context), and then they reply with some loosely related  drivel.

    "Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Instead, seek what they sought." - Matsuo Basho

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