In the 1950s, computer science innovator Alan Turing created a test based on his question and answer game “Can Machines Think?” The Turing Test is an experiment that investigates a computer’s ability to demonstrate intelligent behavior similar to that of a human. A team of Russian developers developed the first program to pass the Turing Test during this year’s event held at the Royal Society in London.
A panel of 30 judges participated in conversations via a text program to determine whether they were talking with a computer or a person. If the computer is mistaken for a human more than 30% of the time during a series of five minute conversations, it has passed the test. The Russian computer program named “Eugene Goostman” was able to pass the test with 33% of the judges believing they were communicating with a human.