Why The Turing Test Is Bullshit

As many reported yesterday, a chatbot has passed the Turing Test, though under some very convenient conditions. The announcement has led some to declare that the age of AI is finally here, but that's nonsense. Here's why the Turing Test is a very poor way of measuring machine intelligence. » 6/09/14 5:39pm 6/09/14 5:39pm

How Big a Deal Is Passing the Turing Test?

Yesterday, a computer program successfully passed the Turing test for the first time. As is not uncommon for breakthroughs, it was a controversial victory, with plenty of detractors pointing out the various reasons that this wasn't that big a deal after all. What is one to think! Let's talk it out. » 6/09/14 9:54am 6/09/14 9:54am

Everything We Know About the Army's Uncanny Chatbots

Sgt. Star is the U.S. Army's dedicated marketing and recruitment chatbot, and he isn't going to turn whistleblower any time soon. There's no use threatening him for answers either—he's programmed to report that kind of hostility to the Army Criminal Investigation Division. » 4/18/14 6:00pm 4/18/14 6:00pm

The Best Chatbot in the World Is Still Awful (Updated)

If you ever speak to Chip Vivant, you might find his conversation a little stilted. Incoherent, even. Because, despite being crowned the best chatbot in the world, frankly, he still carries a conversation like R2D2 with a head injury. » 5/16/12 2:00pm 5/16/12 2:00pm

Why Burning Man Is Just a Giant Chatbot Festival

Remember those amazing chatbots that talked about unicorns, God, and got a little flirty? As xkcd astutely observes, there's only one other place on Earth you can find that combination of philosophy and disorientation: the Black Rock Desert, last weekendish. » 9/07/11 9:00am 9/07/11 9:00am

Two Chatbots Face Off to Discuss God, Unicorns and Experience Sexual…

The sick bastards at Cornell's Creative Machines Lab thought it'd be a hoot to force two chatbot AI programs to talk to one another. The result is deranged, extremely uncomfortable, a fraught with hostility. Much like real human interaction! » 8/29/11 10:40am 8/29/11 10:40am

My Morning with a Robot Sex Worker

There's nothing better than showing up to work, signing into AIM, and engaging with a sexy stranger, right? Those are the principles America was founded on! But how to know if you're talking to a heartless chatbot? Make 'em laugh! » 8/24/11 2:00pm 8/24/11 2:00pm