The Turing Test: Microsoft’s artificial intelligence meltdown
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Computer scientist Alan Turing created a conversation test for robots that has been a benchmark for over sixty years. But as humanoid robots develop every day, can any yet fool us into thinking they are human?
From robots like Atlas at Boston Dynamics, built to withstand physical bullying, to the uncanny silicon and hair humanoids developed at Hanson robotics, we take a look at some of the most advanced androids ever created. Yet imitating simple conversation can still be a test too far, as Microsoft discovered after the widely publicised failure of their Twitter robot, Tay. Alistair Charlton, senior tech reporter for the International Business Times, argues that the industry has more successful options to pursue. “Tay has much more to offer than a Twitter account”, he says.
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