Ah Yes, The Ol' Turing Test: Cleverbot Passes For Human Almost As Well As Actual Humans

September 6, 2011


According to a recent experiment conducted at the Techfetish Techniche festival in India, Cleverbot is getting increasingly well at convincing people it's actually human. Probably because it makes zero f***ing sense to talk to, which is what we've come to expect from people on the internet.

Proposed by British computer scientist Alan Turing in the 1950s, the [Turing] test states that if a human talking to a machine believes the machine is human, it passes.

...Thirty volunteers conducted a typed 4-minute conversation with an unknown entity. Half of the volunteers spoke to humans while the rest chatted with Cleverbot. All the conversations were displayed on large screens for an audience to see.

Both the participants and the audience then rated the humanness of all the responses, with Cleverbot voted 59.3 per cent human, while the humans themselves were rated just 63.3 per cent human. A total of 1334 votes were cast - many more than in any previous Turing test, says Cleverbot's developer and AI specialist Rollo Carpenter.

Admittedly, I was doing some research by talking to Cleverbot earlier and let me tell you: I don't know how it could fool anyone. Imagine the most inept person you've ever talked to online, quadruple that, dumb down the grammar, and throw in the worst case of ADD ever diagnosed. That's pretty much Cleverbot in a nutshell. Also: yours truly. BEEP BOOP PIZZA.

Software tricks people into thinking it is human [newscientist]
Go talk to Cleverbot yourself

Thanks to Denise, who's convinced people are sounding more and more like robots than robots are of people. Oh that's deep.

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