13-year-old boy AI passes Turing Test, much to the chagrin of actual 13-year-old boys

Alan Turing: check and mate. This past weekend at the 2014 Turing Test in London, a group of judges were fooled into thinking that a chatbot was in fact a 13-year-old boy named Eugene Goostman, proof computers are getting smarter or humans are getting dumber. Experts are hailing the genuinely believable conversation skills of Vladimir Veselov and Eugene Demchenko’s AI as unprecedented—the first computer to pass a Turing Test with the rigor that Alan Turing would approve of.  As a refresher, this means that the program was able to convince 30 percent of a panel at the University of Reading…


Alan Turing’s enduring but complicated legacy (and timely message to EA)

We stand at the edge of a precipice: Six decades after Alan Turing’s suicide, we’ve found ourselves with access to the entire breadth of human knowledge, available anywhere, anytime, instantaneously. The light of progress burns ever-bright in the human breast, where hope also springs eternal; Turing’s formalization of the basic concepts of computer science—algorithms, his eponymous test, the idea of computation itself—have helped us get here. Technological advances have far outstripped social ones, and, if Turing were alive today, I’m sure he’d be ecstatic at our computing prowess. As a gay man, though, I don’t think he’d be quite so…