Ray Kurzweil (and Others) Say Chatbot Didn’t Pass the Turing Test

Eugene Goostman

High-profile members of the tech community are pushing back against reports over the weekend that said a computer had passed the Turing Test for the first time, tricking a group of judges into believe that it was human. The feat was performed using a chatbot named Eugene Goostman that pretends to be a 13 year old writing in a second language. But though the machine clearly passed the tests put forward by the competition that it was a part of, many are arguing that this was not, in fact, an accurate Turing Test. That’s because the test doesn’t define specific rules, meaning it’s up to the public at large to determine whether a computer has actually passed it. Ray Kurzweil, Google’s engineering director and a noted futurist, is among those saying that this isn’t that moment. In a blog post addressing the reports, Kurzweil quotes an excerpt from his 2004 book, The Singularity Is Near.

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