The benchmark set forth in the early days of AI as the first major step towards replicating human intelligence was the Turing test, or the ability of a computer program to fool a person into thinking it was human. Today, as a torrent of resources are being poured into studying machine learning and robotics, major breakthroughs are happening at an unprecedented clip. Therefore, it's no surprise that Vladimir Veselov and his team have just come the closest anyone has ever gotten to passing what is the most difficult test in machine learning. Rocket Fuel would like to applaud their efforts.
This is big. A computer program has successfully managed to fool a bunch of researchers into thinking that it was a 13-year-old boy named Eugene Goostman. In doing so, it has become the first in the world to have successfully passed the Turing Test.
The test is named after computer pioneer Alan Turing. To pass it, a computer program needs to dupe 30 percent of human judges in five-minute, text-based chats, a feat that until now had never been accomplished. Read entire article here>