Scientists are running tests in Berkshire to determine if robots can "think" well enough to trick humans into believing they're humans themselves.
Scientists at the University of Reading tested five machines to see if they could pass themselves off as humans in text-based conversations with people.
The test was devised in 1950 by British Mathematician Alan Turing, who said that if a machine was indistinguishable from a human, then it was "thinking".
One robot, Elbot, came close on Sunday by reaching 5% below the pass mark.
No robot has ever passed the Turing Test, which requires the robot to fool 30% of its human interrogators.
Wow, people can actually communicate with a robot and think it's a human? That's freaking pathetic. And on a side note, who the hell is this MovieFone character on my AIM buddy list and how is he always available? He must never sleep!
Test explores if robots can think [bbcnews] (with video)
Thanks to Mike, Wayne, and Uncle Ecolli, who all agree that not only are robots stupid, but they make horrible sexual partners.