As we spoke, Denning wanted to set a few facts straight. Did I forget it or you really haven't told me about the place you are from? There are, though, important similarities between the online Goostman and the Turing winner. This time it squeals Beethoven's "Ode To Joy" in reverse direction, calling it "Ode to crappy mood". “Obviously, it wouldn’t be a smart-mouth, 13-year-old Ukrainian,” said Denning. Eugene Goostman: All those talking programs ain't worthy a dime. Me: But are you worried about computers and robots becoming self-aware? He spoke ugly, his phrases were lame and intelligence was artificial (he told only the things he was prompted to)... The company that will deliver this second generation chat bot is called Wholesale Change, though it’s still operating in stealth mode. Eugene Goostman: By the way, you still didn't tell me your name, or I've missed it? Eugene Goostman: You should know that Lance is a member of Great Robots Cabal. Eugene Goostman: I'm not a "geek", but I like computers in general and PC-games in particular. Turing believed that by 2000, computers would be able to, through five-minute text-based conversations, fool humans into believing that they were flesh and blood, at least 30% of the time. Did I forget it or you really haven't told me about the place you are from? Eugene Goostman: I think, if American government keeps on suing Microsoft, one perfect day they'll just move to some other country... Depending on whom you talk to, Goostman's achievement is either a huge turning point for technology, or just another blip. Denning explained that the knowledge base was built in 2001 (with parts of it updated since then) when Apple was still in comeback mode and “Jobs hadn’t been sainted yet.” Me: Do you own an i Phone? , takes Turing Test 2014 host University of Reading to task for what may have been too simple a test. Several experts, including scientist Hugh Loebner, don't buy the results.
He got along well with his Russian-born counterparts and they got to talking about artificial intelligence. There are a number of inside jokes inside Goostman’s knowledge base. Eugene Goostman: Even if I have any special skills - it's my own business!
Loebner runs his own Turing Test competition and calls the five-minute test length too short; his test is 25 minutes. By the way, I still don't know your specialty - or, possibly, I've missed it? Eugene Goostman: I like some Ukrainian foods and hamburgers. Alan Turing - British mathematician, pioneer in computer theory.
Also, there's some sense that Goostman's developers gamed the system by creating the persona of a 13-year-old from Ukraine (young, cheeky, not entirely English-speaking). And all sweets of course - candies, pies, ice-cream...
“We didn’t create human intelligence, it’s about convincing people, it’s about the human experience," Denning said. We did that and in parallel, we built a personality and figured out what kind of knowledge base sit behind it. When you use the semantic web and Wordnet, you understand the proximity of words.
"If it’s believable, then cool, we really did accomplish something pretty darn significant.” And Goostman will continue to grow and change. The test duration will probably extend well beyond an hour of conversation and, eventually, Eugene Goostman might be challenged to converse in a different language like French. We did not build the ultimate answer bot and we did not build something that’s completely stupid either.