Software tricks people into thinking it is human

September 7, 2011 | Source: New Scientist

Cleverbot has passed the Turing test (or “come very close”), claims its developer, Rollo Carpenter. Cleverbot was voted 59.3 per cent human while humans themselves were rated just 63.3 per cent human at the Techniche festival in Guwahati, India.

As for whether Cleverbot has passed the test, “the claim raises lots of questions about the human participants; for example, had they ever interacted with a chatbot before?” says Huma Shah, lead scientist and coordinator of Turing100, which will celebrate Alan Turing’s 100th birthday next year.

Some KurzweilAI Forums members were also skeptical: “That’s interesting, but nevertheless I’d probably call its bluff in about 10 seconds,” said “Predictor,” a Forums user.