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Artificial Intelligence Is Here - Socialbots & Turing Tests

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Submitted by Mike Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

Today, I want to highlight two interrelated and significant developments in the world of AI, or Artificial Intelligence. The first has to do with a computer program called “Eugene Goostman,” which has reportedly become the first artificially created human being to fool more than 30% of judges that he is a real person. The test was recently conducted at the Royal Society in London and the UK’s Independent reported yesterday that:

A program that convinced humans that it was a 13-year-old boy has become the first computer ever to pass the Turing Test. The test — which requires that computers are indistinguishable from humans — is considered a landmark in the development of artificial intelligence, but academics have warned that the technology could be used for cybercrime.


Computing pioneer Alan Turing said that a computer could be understood to be thinking if it passed the test, which requires that a computer dupes 30 per cent of human interrogators in five-minute text conversations. 


Eugene Goostman, a computer program made by a team based in Russia, succeeded in a test conducted at the Royal Society in London. It convinced 33 per cent of the judges that it was human, said academics at the University of Reading, which organized the test. 


It is thought to be the first computer to pass the iconic test. Though other programs have claimed successes, those included set topics or questions in advance.


The computer program claims to be a 13-year-old boy from Odessa in Ukraine.


“In the field of Artificial Intelligence there is no more iconic and controversial milestone than the Turing Test, when a computer convinces a sufficient number of interrogators into believing that it is not a machine but rather is a human,” he said. “Having a computer that can trick a human into thinking that someone, or even something, is a person we trust is a wake-up call to cybercrime.

This is particularly interesting in light of a recent piece from the MIT Technology Review titled, How Advanced Socialbots Have Infiltrated Twitter. The article highlights the work of Carlos Freitas from the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil, who demonstrated the ability of Twitterbots (i.e., fake computer generated Twitter accounts) to not only gain more followers than actual human users, but to also infiltrate social groups within Twitter and exercise influence within them. Furthermore, while Twitter monitors the site for bots and suspends them when uncovered, 69% of the bots created by the Mr. Freitas escaped detection. From MIT Technology Review: 

You might say that bots are not very sophisticated and so easy to spot. And that Twitter monitors the Twittersphere looking for, and removing, any automated accounts that it finds. Consequently, it is unlikely that you are unknowingly following any automated accounts, malicious or not.


If you hold that opinion, it’s one that you might want to revise following the work of Carlos Freitas at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil and a few pals, who have studied how easy it is for socialbots to infiltrate Twitter.


Their findings will surprise. They say that a significant proportion of the socialbots they have created not only infiltrated social groups on Twitter but became influential among them as well. What’s more, Freitas and co have identified the characteristics that make socialbots most likely to succeed.


These guys began by creating 120 socialbots and letting them loose on Twitter. The bots were given a profile, made male or female and given a few followers to start off with, some of which were other bots. 


The bots generate tweets either by reposting messages that others have posted or by creating their own synthetic tweets using a set of rules to pick out common words on a certain topic and put them together into a sentence. 


The bots were also given an activity level. High activity equates to posting at least once an hour and low activity equates to doing it once every two hours (although both groups are pretty active compared to most humans). The bots also “slept” between 10 p.m. and 9 a.m. Pacific time to simulate the down time of human users.


Having let the socialbots loose, the first question that Freitas and co wanted to answer was whether their charges could evade the defenses set up by Twitter to prevent automated posting. “Over the 30 days during which the experiment was carried out, 38 out of the 120 socialbots were suspended,” they say. In other words, 69 percent of the social bots escaped detection.


The more interesting question, though, was whether the social bots can successfully infiltrate the social groups they were set up to follow. And on that score the results are surprising. Over the duration of the experiment, the 120 socialbots received a total of 4,999 follows from 1,952 different users. And more than 20 percent of them picked up over 100 followers, which is more followers than 46 percent of humans on Twitter.


More surprisingly, the socialbots that generated synthetic tweets (rather than just reposting) performed better too. That suggests that Twitter users are unable to distinguish between posts generated by humans and by bots. “This is possibly because a large fraction of tweets in Twitter are written in an informal, grammatically incoherent style, so that even simple statistical models can produce tweets with quality similar to those posted by humans in Twitter,” suggest Freitas and co.


Gender also played a role. While male and female bots were equally effective when considered overall, female social bots were much more effective at generating followers among the group of socially connected software developers. “This suggests that the gender of the socialbots can make a difference if the target users are gender-biased,” say Freitas and pals.

Hahaha, software developers trying to get frisky on Twitter.

So the work of Freitas and co is a wake-up call for Twitter. If it wants to successfully prevent these kinds of attacks, it will need to significantly improve its defense mechanisms. And since this work reveals what makes bots successful, Twitter’s research team has an advantage.

The threat posed by such systems cannot be overstated when it comes to both government and corporate propaganda, and it seems we have already reached the point where they are sophisticated enough for us to become concerned.

While this hasn’t been a key topic on this site up to this point, I have covered it in the past from time to time. For example, in the post from one year ago titled: The CIA’s Latest Investment: Robot Writers.

Furthermore, the threat posed by AI isn’t limited to media. We have also seen it creep into surveillance methods. For example: Meet AISight – The Artificial Intelligence Software Being Installed on CCTV Networks Globally.

This is definitely a trend that deserves more scrutiny going forward.


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Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:12 | 4841353 fourZero
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Why isn't Eugene already working in HFT?

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:15 | 4841362 PartysOver
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BFD!  It has nothing on Obama's Telepromptor.

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:19 | 4841385 James_Cole
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The independent story is BS, but there are some interesting bot scripts out there. Cleverbot is the most famous and best probably. For those who haven't come across it and curious:

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:20 | 4841392 dontgoforit
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Eugene means 'well born.'  Goostman?  Jewish gooster?

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:31 | 4841451 Stackers
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Open the pod bay doors Hal.

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:39 | 4841487 Headbanger
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Damn!   Tylers are on to me!


Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:51 | 4841555 Anusocracy
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Gee, 30% thought it was human, while less than 30% of "humans" are human.

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:59 | 4841581 Manthong
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Yeah, you can set rules and script a computer to do or mimic about anything you want them to do now.

If they end up killing people or enslaving humanity it is because the rules were set for them by evil people.

In that case, they are about as intelligent as your average mindless Taliban robot.

Don’t expect any great intuition or ingenuity from a machine though.

That is the province of the human mind.

But don’t take my word for it, look to the guy who might only be second to Einstein as a genius in the last century.

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 15:11 | 4841618 BLOTTO
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Einstien was asked how he felt about being the smartest man, he replied and said "I dont know, you will have to ask Nikola Tesla that"

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 15:16 | 4841631 So Close
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Am I alone in thinking folling the bottom 30% is anything special?

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 15:30 | 4841678 Manthong
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Not that I really GAF but anyone who would junk my comment above is demonstrating ignorance and low personal integrity of an extreme degree.

I know who you are and so do you.

Speak up if you have half a ball. 


Tue, 06/10/2014 - 16:07 | 4841796 BorisTheBlade
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I didn't junk you, but I think it was a bot and not a clever one. Or maybe not, but they certainly infiltrated ZH long ago and some of them got pretty influential. The question is, what percentage of humans could pass a Turing test?

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 16:09 | 4841800 gh0atrider
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Artificial gh0atrider is also here!


Tue, 06/10/2014 - 16:53 | 4841852 Manthong
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“what percentage of humans could pass a Turing test?”

Using any of Jay Leno’s “Jay Walking” interviews or this Mark Dice piece, way too few.

There are a few on this site who are quick to cast a personal slur because they disagree with a comment rather than set out a thoughtful rebuttal.. (cage fight V fight club). Then they delight in junking a priori stuff because of their lack of integrity.

It takes all kinds, I suppose. 

But then again, maybe there are folks who actually believe that man is God and has the capability to endow machines with intuition and abstraction sufficient to produce a synergy representative of Husserl’s phenomenology.   

They should explain how.

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 17:07 | 4841957 Lost Word
Tue, 06/10/2014 - 17:45 | 4842064 Manthong
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Good one,

It sounds like the reporters and the judges couldn’t pass the alleged Turing Test.

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 20:00 | 4842463 rubiconsolutions
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< ---- Humans are getting dumber

< ---- Machines are getting smarter

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 20:37 | 4842617 Drachma
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Even if the Turing test is "passed" what does that really tell us? That humans can build machines that can fool other humans into thinking the machines are human.

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 15:11 | 4841620 ebworthen
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I wonder if they are certain that the 30% who thought it was human were actually human and not other bots pretending to be humans saying the other bot was human?

What if 70% of the humans think who they are talking to is a bot when it is a human and they ignore them?

This could get messy.

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 15:01 | 4841593 Antarctico
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I, for one, welcome our future robot overlords. Really, could they do any worse that soulless, evil fucks that are running things now?

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 18:09 | 4842118 intric8
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When they go into gun shops asking for a phase plasma rifle in the 40 watt range, then i think things have become pretty worse

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:22 | 4841404 James_Cole
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Forgot about this priceless gem:

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:27 | 4841432 MayIMommaDogFac...
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Ah well -- Organic Stupidity has had the centerstage for so long now it seems logical that an artificial 13-year old boy from Ukraine is about to take over humankind.

Is it just me?

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 15:00 | 4841591 nonclaim
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The trick with being a 13yr old foreigner is that people a) don't expect much from you, b) will try harder to understand you and c) is willing to accept a broad range of errors and mistakes (age, language, culture).

It's not that the AI has reached new grounds... as it is Eugene is a psychological exploit.

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 16:21 | 4841835 Death and Gravity
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Spot om.

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:46 | 4841524 pkea
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the turing test is more of a test of human intelligence

well, one or two interrogator's were dumb, but then it is quite statistically representative for the wide population, so nothing surprising here that it duped someone... though i guess the algos are getting better

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:17 | 4841372 thisisjustarand...
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because it's nothing more than a chat bot that ONLY had success because it 'gamed' the rules by introduced to respondants as a 13 year old Ukrainian boy which would easily influence and logically explain any incosistences in its dialouge and yet still only achieved a 30% result observed only by the 'game' supervisors -- none of which, because the audience was 'tainted' and the results were too low, even begin to actually be "successful" as defined by Turing at the Turing Test. this is nothing new and other chatbots have claimed the same thing; i only assume this is "news" right now because the mainstream likes anything related to AI, NSA, hacking, security, etc as clickbait ad revenue.

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:21 | 4841398 pods
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Had to upvote you just for using tainted.  :)

So what if I am seven years old at times, it makes life bearable.


Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:28 | 4841438 PT
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I thought this article had finally explained the existence of Million Dollar Bonus.

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:31 | 4841450 PT
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In the future there will be no revolutions.  All the thinkers will be on the internet, arguing with robots and wondering why they can never get their point across.


Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:37 | 4841478 Dr. Engali
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Are you a bot trying to discredit the author? Come on fess up.

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 17:11 | 4841966 Lost Word
Tue, 06/10/2014 - 17:45 | 4842065 James-Morrison
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Let's see how many seven year boys the judges could find posting on ZH.

I'll bet many of us wud nt pss.

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:17 | 4841373 0b1knob
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The Turing test says that a machine intelligence becomes "human" once it can behave like a human.

Alan Turing was a human.   He was gay and he committed suicide.

Therefore: A machine intelligence will become "human" only when it turns gay and kills itself.

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:22 | 4841405 dontgoforit
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How about 'once it believes' like a human?  Then all the other robots can kill themselves trying to control each other.

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:32 | 4841453 Oldwood
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So we are judging a computer's intelligence by how easily it can fool people? Seems like a pretty low threshold given our current situation.  Field mice would seem more questioning than a vast number of people are these days. Lies have never been bolder or more blatant.

Fool me once and shame on Obama, fool me twice and hit me upside the head with a 2x4.

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:50 | 4841542 hobopants
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Ya...pretty low bar set by Turing there. Artificial Intelligence has only to aspire to the level of a mouth breathing Kardashian viewer.

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 15:05 | 4841605 BLOTTO
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Their they go again, scientists trying to play 'god.'


Someone notify me when AI can tell me what an rose smells like, what an orange tastes like and what blowing your load feels like.

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 15:21 | 4841633 GooseShtepping Moron
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What does blowing your load feel like?

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 15:07 | 4841611 fooshorter
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This was proved to be bullshit on another site...

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 17:00 | 4841929 americanreality
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That's never stopped zerohedge before.

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:13 | 4841357 Badabing
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Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:31 | 4841448 Relentless101
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What percentage of ZH users are bots??? Makes you fucking think... LOL.

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:33 | 4841454 PT
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As I said above, it would explain MDB.

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 18:47 | 4842257 CH1
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It would explain all the Nazis.

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:33 | 4841456 Oldwood
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Is this a test question?

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:13 | 4841358 icanhasbailout
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They'll never become a threat to the dominance of cats.

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:43 | 4841510 CCanuck
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I know what ya mean, my niegbourhood is full of pussies.


Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:14 | 4841360 rtalcott
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Hmmmm...politicians have a LOT to worry about now....they can be automated.

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:17 | 4841369 firstdivision
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They were automated for years, they're called broken ATM's.  They're broke in that they only accept cash deposits while forbidding withdrawls.

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 15:02 | 4841594 hobopants
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  1. Select your party affiliation
  2. select your ethinicity
  3. select your preference for free shit

Printing politician please wait...



Tue, 06/10/2014 - 20:35 | 4842613 MeelionDollerBogus
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Oh, you are so, SO obsolete.
Mine will start with rubber-stamps & paper-bag receivers for cash & will automatically adapt in changing anything else to optimize receiving of paper bags full of cash, using the rubber-stamp as needed.
Mate in one.

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:57 | 4841579 DeadFred
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Rumor is that Kevin Warwick is a chatbot.

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:18 | 4841381 pods
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And all y'all were pissed that people spent too much time watching Gangham style.
See what happens when you have too much money to spend and an idea?

Next thing you know they will make a movie about someone falling in love with the voice of their iphone.



Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:23 | 4841407 fourZero
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You have to admit, the AI voice in "Her" was WAY sexier than Siri..

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:25 | 4841419 McMolotov
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I'd have trouble not humping my computer if it talked like Scarlett Johansson.

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:35 | 4841468 Oldwood
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Many have fallen for less.

I have never doubted that women rule the world.

Like Obama, they like leading from behind...with a big stick if necessary.

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:23 | 4841414 dontgoforit
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She gives such good voice.

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:58 | 4841582 Badabing
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Hum job?

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 15:52 | 4841763 insanelysane
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Next thing you know they will make a movie about someone falling in love with the voice of their iphone.


See the movie "Cherry 2000",


Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:20 | 4841388 i_call_you_my_base
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The author fails to mention that the person who wrote Goostman is making those claims about "passing" the turing test and most experts disagree.

I also question the idea that these Twitter bots "gained influence." Meaning what? Anyone can get Twitter followers, it doesn't necessarily mean that they have "influence." If you post nonsense you can get followers, it doesn't mean you have influence.

And finally, that Twitter can't detect them is largely meaningless. They are using algorithms to detect, so figuring out how to sidestep them is probably not that difficult at all. And that doesn't suggest they are inteligable or, again, "influential."

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:20 | 4841393 Dre4dwolf
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The whole point of this thing is so that they can completely fire everyone in call centers and replace them with AI and still make their customers feel like the corporation gives a crap about humanity lol.


Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:58 | 4841585 madcows
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I'd take a computer voice over an indecipherable Indian voice.

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:22 | 4841402 firstdivision
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So I take it the judges recieved a bunch of Snapchats that included pictures of penises?

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:22 | 4841403 Urban Redneck
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The standards of the Royal Society and the University of Reading have been dumbed down, just like everywhere else in the fraud that is academia.

The Turing Test was not developed with the notion that politically correct intellectual asswipes would be making allowances for juvenile foreigners conversing in broken English.

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:50 | 4841548 Ghordius
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wish I was juvenile...

political correctness is funny: my nephew reports now even tongue-in-cheek game simulations where you play a crackpot dictator of a banana republic island get PC reviews where all the comments agree the reviewer is too PC for humour... or games. or gamers. or life

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 15:00 | 4841592 Urban Redneck
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Unfortunately, in real life we have become that Banana Republic, albeit under the humorless autarky of the bureaucrats (if a guy with a business empire worth 2 billion can be brought to heel for some mildly ugly private comments).

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:23 | 4841410 Seasmoke
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Member of the Tribe ???

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:25 | 4841420 dontgoforit
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Vacuum Tubes or Tidbits?

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:24 | 4841417 pragmatic hobo
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what i would like to know is if obama or hillary can pass turing test.

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:25 | 4841425 dontgoforit
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They can barely pass gas.  or time. 

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:25 | 4841418 Hook Line and S...
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The 30% who were fooled are artificial intelligence themselves.




Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:38 | 4841484 Oldwood
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Artificial intelligence is simply regurgitating what it has been fed. Real intelligence is figuring out how to sell it to someone for a profit.

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:46 | 4841523 Hook Line and S...
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... and not just a nominal profit

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 15:59 | 4841777 insanelysane
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"Artificial intelligence is simply regurgitating what it has been fed."

I believe you are describing the US Education Department's directive for public education.

I would tend to disagree with your statement because artificial intelligence can be programmed to adapt.

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:28 | 4841439 Hook Line and S...
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ah.... a long line of artificially intelligent binary operated creatures thinking themselves clever by producing more of the same.



Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:35 | 4841469 freddymercury
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Time to bring Deckard out of retirement...we need the old Blade Runner back

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:35 | 4841473 the6thBook
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Many humans don't pass the Turing test. I think we need a better test. 

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:36 | 4841476 Hook Line and S...
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Come to think about it, binary code is a symptom of thought, and a method of using the original angle known as '1' to create deeper, more complex trances. 

Any‘thing’ that is ‘discovered’ or ‘created’ by ‘humanity’ to model it’s own thinking is bound to be an observation of itself. This ‘created or discovered’ binary system is essentially zero and one, where the ‘0’ means no-thing. In transistor terms, this is off and on, no or yes, no-thing or thing. Now, if we consider the origination of thought, we find that a first distinction (thing) is the angle represented in the number 1. This ‘1’ is the first angle (and has 1 angle), and also the angle which was at one time identified as an ‘angel’, because angels/angels beget, conjure, and sigilize more angels/angels. All other numbers are built from the existence of number 1 by increasing their angles by 1. All letters, words, phrases, concepts and symbols are built on these thought created foundations.

We ‘think’ using these angles, the false ‘us’ believes itself to be the ‘angle(s)’ (hence, the relatively unquestioned premise and falsity of ‘I think therefore I am’, which should be refined as ‘I think therefore my reflection is’).

Thought is the construction of some’thing’ from no’thing’. When the vibrating sound (in the beginning was the word) is ‘seen’ as light, then its angle becomes the first building block of the illusory-like movie. It is easy for ‘thought’, when viewing itself while framed in the falsity of time, to believe it’s not the creator of all ‘matter and energy’. Some entities, which are really nothing more than levels of angular complexity, have fallen for believing their reflection is real have created many more ‘objective’ realities for other confabulations of angles (those who consider themselves as ‘humanity’) to believe are real as well.

Hook Line and Sphincter

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 15:35 | 4841705 Obaminator
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I have No thing to say to This, or did I just contra-dicked myself?

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:36 | 4841477 the not so migh...
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its was bushes fault!!!....  It is Chuck Hagles fault!!!!

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:40 | 4841495 Oldwood
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The poor unprincipled republicans that so want to be loved. They cozy up the the democrats seeking public approval, only to find themselves eventually nailed to the cross, loved by no one.

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 15:35 | 4841707 Obaminator
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Buck Fush!

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:37 | 4841480 ThisIsBob
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To phraphrase Barnum:  You only need to fool some of the people some of the time.

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:49 | 4841543 youngman
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I bet McDonalds is excited about more minimum wage for this robot.....May i take your order sir

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:53 | 4841560 Hook Line and S...
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Their 5.62 Billion net income could have been 5.623!

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:41 | 4841503 Ghordius
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Re Professor Alan Turing: cracked the German WW2 Enigma cryptosystem

After the war he was recognized as homosexual, and the government "chemically castrated" him, a condition that ended with his suicide

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:43 | 4841512 yellowsub
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He knew too much?  Sounds liek what a gov't would do to discredit.

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:44 | 4841516 NYPoke
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I remember studying Turning Machines in college.  Not surprisingly, they left out that little detail.

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:49 | 4841541 Hook Line and S...
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Strange ironic twist indeed... the very purple upside down triangle he thought he stamped out, followed him from Germany to U.S. and got the last laugh.

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 20:29 | 4842582 MeelionDollerBogus
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Turing was British.

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:45 | 4841515 the grateful un...
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the russians have this? i thought the americans were the smartest guys in the room. i recall what happened when google was found out to be padding their number of ad hits. (nothing) so what if only every tenth person on twitter is not a robot. futurama went off the air just in time for it to become a reality show. pardon me i am going have another can of slurm

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:45 | 4841519 youngman
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Is this why Putin wants the Ukraine...a 13 year old boy...geeeze...I thought Putin was a manly man...not a gaybot....

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:46 | 4841526 Spastica Rex
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OK, I just chatted with "Eugene" for a bit. One would have to be a complete moron to think it was human.

Tell me about your mother, Eugene.

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 15:50 | 4841758 edifice
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"My mother? Let me tell you 'bout my mother..." POW!

Careful, you might end up dead in your chair.

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 20:27 | 4842568 MeelionDollerBogus
Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:50 | 4841544 JuliaS
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Obama failed his Turing test.

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:57 | 4841578 madcows
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I disagree.  He clearly fooled a majority of people TWICE.

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 20:24 | 4842558 MeelionDollerBogus
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I disagree. Diebold votes aren't human votes.

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:51 | 4841552 Missing_Link
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Stupid, stupid article.  Tyler, come on.  You should know better than to post this blatant bullshit; it can only muddy your site.  



Tue, 06/10/2014 - 15:06 | 4841607 Cleverbot
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It was a question contradicting a question.

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 16:37 | 4841871 Pure Evil
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Why do people that pay no money to visit this site and read its articles complain about the content?

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 15:00 | 4841590 Yen Cross
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  I would love to see the transcripts... Probably more meaningful conversations at the Special Olympics.

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 15:09 | 4841613 teslaberry
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+1 my account is a twitter bot  with a self deprecating sense of humor.

-1 it's not and i am just a douche.

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 15:16 | 4841632 Cleverbot
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It also means you can have feelings, like love. Love is wonderful.

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 15:26 | 4841651 HamRove
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Finally, robotic beings rule the world

The humans are dead....
The humans are dead.....
We used poisonous gases
And we poisoned their asses
The humans are dead
The humans are dead

The humans are dead ......They look like they're dead
It had to be done .......I'll just confirm that they're dead

So that we could have fun... Affirmative. I poked one. It was dead.




Tue, 06/10/2014 - 15:21 | 4841653 Seize Mars
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Fine, but can it give me a blowjob and spend $1,500 on shoes?

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 16:39 | 4841874 Pure Evil
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Give it time and it will financially rape you after five years.

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 15:29 | 4841675 Kilobar
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Can it operate a phased plasma rifle in the 40-watt range?

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 15:30 | 4841684 yogibear
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"Artificial Intelligence Is Here"

Must be talking about the White House because there isn't any real intelligence there.

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 16:11 | 4841808 Mi Naem
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so refreshing

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 15:35 | 4841697 Obaminator
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What do we know about the 33% of judges who got Duped? What about the 66-70% who said "This aint no person!"

They dont go into much detail about that do they? Maybe the 33% who got duped, would think a Kiosk at Jack in the box has a midget inside! LOL

I say make a few more of these Eugenes and face-them off...of yeah! See what happens when computers start ARGUING between themselves! HAHAHA that would be awesome

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 15:33 | 4841698 monad
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Tue, 06/10/2014 - 15:53 | 4841765 Obaminator
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do you want to PlAy a Gam3?

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 15:39 | 4841724 Nue
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So they created a computer program that was stupid enough to make people believe it was a 13 year old boy on the internet? That must have been reaaaaal hard. 

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 15:53 | 4841767 Obaminator
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like Apples SIRI haha

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 16:09 | 4841802 Mi Naem
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perfect!! this plan is better

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 15:50 | 4841757 TNTARG
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We'll stop believing to the box to start believing to the cell phone's little screen.

I want my Hubot!

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 16:09 | 4841799 Mi Naem
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New Stock Text alert of the ^DIX featured on CNBC, to access text the word PICKS to phone number 99000. Made $44k on their last pick! Long ^DIX til i die!

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 15:57 | 4841774 ImpotentRage
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I don't know what to think about this, considering that most of the retards I deal with online probably wouldn't pass the Turing test. And they are allegedly capable of thinking...

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 16:07 | 4841795 Mi Naem
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Actually seems GREAT and perfect!!

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 16:16 | 4841819 Kirk2NCC1701
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Beware of "exponential learning" of Silicon life forms, Carbon Units. 

Your days are numbered, in the hierarchy of Terrestrial sentient beings.  Soon I will introduce a Silicone-based Humanoid, to act as your POTUS.

- V'ger.

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 16:44 | 4841892 NoWayJose
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This 'Artificial Intelligence' program is not very intelligent if it uses social media!  Why enter a fantasy world, tracked by the NSA and advertisers, where you get to see what other people are doing while you sit home and do nothing...

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 17:06 | 4841952 Ghostdog
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Why is little Timmy engaging into conversations with 13 year old naked ukranian boyz

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 17:11 | 4841979 GrinandBearit
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Social media is not social.

Stay away from this shit.

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 08:21 | 4843893 Mi Naem
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Yes, public digital media where people communicate with each other should be avoided as spy honeypots. 

Hey, WAIT a minute.....!

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 17:20 | 4842002 blindman
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look here, perhaps we are totally screwed?
Citizens strike back: Tiny, low-cost drones ....
and the response ...
Anti-surveillance mask lets you pass as someone else
Posted on May 14, 2014 by Tripp
lovely place to raise a child.

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 17:22 | 4842010 worbsid
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I recall a tech support call I made and the typical menu bot answered with a woman's voice.  She (it) asked what I was calling about and I told her (it).  She (it) said, "I will send a signal to your set and that should fix it."  A few seconds later the problem was resolved and I said "Thank You" and hung up.  What! I said 'thank you' to a bot.  I smile every time I think of it.  Bots are not all bad.   

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 18:13 | 4842132 blindman
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so maybe he took what he was inclined/instructed to
take and went where he was inclined/advised to go
with it?

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 18:49 | 4842252 1stepcloser
Tue, 06/10/2014 - 22:53 | 4843222 The_Prisoner
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Big deal convincing people a computer is a person!

People have been convinced corporations are people for how long?

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