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Supercomputer emulates teenager to pass 'Turing Test'

Published on Jun 9, 2014 8:26 PM

LONDON (AFP) - A Russian supercomputer posing as a 13-year-old boy has convinced judges that it is human, becoming the first to pass the "Turing Test" in a historic moment in artificial intelligence, British scientists said.

The computer became the first in the world to be mistaken for a real person more than 30 per cent of the time, during a series of five-minute keyboard conversations with humans conducted at the Royal Society in London.

The test was established in 1950 by Alan Turing, a World War II British codebreaker and pioneer of computer science, in a journal article about whether computers "think".

At the competition on Saturday, five supercomputers - machines that run massive numbers of processors to make high-speed calculations - were presented with a series of unrestricted questions.

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