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    Artificial Intelligence “teen” Eugene the First supercomputer to pass the turing test.

    An Artificial Intelligence milestone was created on 7th june, 2014 as the 65 year-old Turing Test was passed for the first time by supercomputer Eugene Goostman during Turing Test 2014 held at the Royal Society in London. No computer has passed the test before under these conditions.

    Eugene was developed by Vladimir Veselov, and Eugene Demchenko at Saint Petersburg, Russia and is a computer programme that simulates a 13 year old boy.
    The Turing Test is based on 20th century mathematician and code-breaker Turing’s 1950 question and answer game, ‘Can Machines Think?’ The experiment investigates whether people can detect if they are talking to machines or humans.

    If a computer is mistaken for a human more than 30 per cent of the time during a series of five minute keyboard conversations it passes the test. Until now no computer has achieved this. Eugene managed to convince 33 per cent of the human judges that it was human.

    This event was organised by the University’s School of Systems Engineering in partnership with RoboLaw, an EU-funded organisation examining the regulation of emerging robotic technologies.

    In the event other artificial intelligence systems competed with Eugene , include Cleverbot, Elbot and Ultra Hal. Judges included are actor Robert Llewellyn, who played an intelligent robot in BBC Two's science-fiction sitcom Red Dwarf, and Lord Sharkey, who led the successful campaign for Alan Turing's posthumous pardon, over a conviction for homosexual activity, in 2013.

    In a statement, Prof Kevin Warwick, a Visiting Professor at the University of Reading and Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research at Coventry University, said: “In the field of Artificial Intelligence there is no more iconic and controversial milestone than the Turing Test, when a computer convinces a sufficient number of interrogators into believing that it is not a machine but rather is a human. Some will claim that the Test has already been passed,”

    However, he added that this competition differs from most in that it involved “the most simultaneous comparison tests than ever before, was independently verified and, crucially, the conversations were unrestricted.”