How long will it be before robots and computers become capable of thinking like a human being ?
On June 23rd a computer came very close to passing the Turing Test, an experiment first proposed 60 years ago by Alan Turing in which a computer attempts to fool a person in to thinking that they are talking to another person.
In an event called the "Turing test marathon", a Russian program called Eugene managed to fool the judges 29.2 percent of the time, just a tiny amount below the required 30 percent originally predicted by Turing for computers at the beginning of the 21st century.
"Turing proposed the test – he called it “the imitation game” – in a 1950 paper titled “Computing machinery and intelligence”."
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