13 June 2014
There was a story in the news this week about a program that had apparently passed the Turing Test for artificial intelligence. This test basically says that if a person can't tell whether they are chatting to a real person or a piece of software, the software exhibits artificial intelligence. Having heard John Humphrys on Radio 4 chatting to the program, I have to say I wasn't convinced the program would have convinced me it was a human, even a 13-year old one.
If you work co-operatively with the program, you can create a fun simulation of an intelligent conversation, although this is clearly no contender for passing the Turing Test.
I've updated the program to include some new vocabulary and to tweak the priority of some of the other words it knows. I'd be interested to know what other topics and words you use that aren't recognised. I've tried to predict the most obvious ones, but I'm sure I've missed plenty. Chat to Virtual Sean here.