Dystopian futures in films such as The Terminator and The Matrix, where Artificial Intelligence is in charge, could have come a step closer to being reality.
This was after a ‘super’ computer successfully tricked humans into thinking it was a 13-year-old boy.
The ‘Eugene Goostman’ programme managed to convince 33 per cent of the judges it was human during Turing Tests at the Royal Society in central London.
The threshold for passing the iconic exam was 30 per cent.
The test was developed in 1950 by computer science pioneer and Second World War codebreaker Alan Turing, who said if a machine was indistinguishable from a human, then it was ‘thinking’.
This was the first time the landmark had reportedly been reached, which both excited and worried some observers.
‘In the field of artificial intelligence there is no more iconic and controversial milestone than the Turing Test,’ said Professor Kevin Warwick, from the University of Reading.
‘This milestone will go down in history as one of the most exciting.’
But he admitted the achievement had ‘implications for society’ and would serve as a ‘wake-up call to cybercrime’.
The successful machine was created by Russian-born Vladimir Veselov, who lives in the United States, and Ukrainian Eugene Demchenko who lives in Russia.
8 June 2014 | 2:02 pm – Source: metro.co.uk