The Turing Test's cold shoulder to Eliza and Parry



TESTS ORIGIN:  Wilmslow, Cheshire, England, 1950
INVENTOR:  Alan Turing
INSTITUTIONS:  University of Cambridge
Government Code and Cypher School
National Physical LaboratoryUniversity of Manchester (MA)

In the unlikely case that you may have not stumbled across the article that has been posted on a myriad of forums and posts in the past few days: It is official, as if the public did not know already, the next phase of HAL is currently set in place. The infamous 'Turing Test' has officially been passed, again. There are some instances in the past where people have been convinced that they were talking to a human, when in fact they were talking to a machine. Somewhat reminiscent to your friend leaving a message "Hello.......?" as his answering message, and you whole heartedly trip into the message way before the beep starts.

In the case of times as recent as 2012, there are the internet 'chatterbots' that are malware programmes designed to chat with humans via forum messaging, to lure their prey into revealing their identities by the claims of being a cyber lover. Thereafter the programme would deliver malware to the prey's computer, and steal information. Even worse, insert a virus into the OS of the computer. Henceforth the programme was named CYBERLOVER. These have already proven to be contenders for artificial intelligence that can deceive people into believing they are human, with the evidence being that plenty of computers were affected by these malware programmes. Just as well, a programme designed in 1966 know as ELIZA was designed by Joesph Weizenbaum. It had passed the Turing Test by means of teleprinter written text, exchanged between individuals in different rooms. And yet again in 1972 with PARRY, designed by Kenneth Colby, to be a paranoid Schizophrenic with anger issues. This programme also passed the test by convincing 52 percent of its 33 psychiatrists who took the test, that it was a real, breathing, human being. This equation's percentage would be the same as a randomly guessed testing percentage.

Alan Turing Statue at Bletchley Park

Of course the topic of conversation, the most recent episode of the 'Turing Test' show was conducted by Russian born Vadimir Veselov whom lives in the US along with Ukranian Eugene Demechenko who lives in Russia. Together they developed the most recent programme entitled EUGENE GOOSTMAN. EUGENE has been designed to emulate a 13 year old boy. During the most recent test EUGENE managed to convince 33 percent of the judges. Supposedly Professor Kevin Warwick, from the University of Reading, claims that, ''A true Turing Test does not set the questions or topics prior to the conversations. We are therefore proud to declare that Alan Turing's test was passed for the first time.'' Okay, in all honesty, it sounds decent enough for full press print to me.

But reiteration of already printed statements and so called facts is not in the least of reasons of why I stand here typing this article now. My energy is put forth to relay an opinion of debate of which the the creator of the 'Turing Test', Alan Turing could not speculate at the time of it's creation. The effects of marketing on the modern generation. I feel due to the current condition in modern society, many people have non emotional conversations that are built to fit into the politically correct spectrums of social media and seo link algorithms, so to speak. Human personalities resembling robots so much that the opposing side in which the robots reaching the humanistic behavioral patterns being an easily attainable feat. Especially in the circumstance of an emulated 13 year old. Have you seen a 13 year old with a tablet? Forget speaking to him in the same room. He or she would probably prefer to face book message you. Human emotion so far below sub zero temperatures, it could be considered nil. Well I forgot to mention you may get an occasional nasal toned 'Aaaamaaazing', which can be translated into 'I think thats really great'. But do not forget, its all takes place in unreal time, in face book. Ok, so thats not to far from a robot.

So you may be thinking, whats the point of this article. So to speak, I personally think the situation should actually be polarized at this state of time. Due to the fact that the tests have proven to show that humans can easily be fooled into thinking that an automata is a human, I think we need no more information regarding the fact that it is a reality, other than the facts printed in history books. If we want to conduct current tests and publicize results, the issue at hand should be: 'Can the automata be fooled into thinking the human is an automata.' It is only logical for this to be a base of research in modern times. I don't fear the automata as a human, it's the fear of the human as automata. 


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