This is big. A computer has successfully managed to fool a bunch of researchers into thinking that it was a 13-year-old boy named Eugene Goostman. In doing so, it has become the first computer in the world to have successfully passed the Turing Test. The test is named after computer pioneer Alan Turing. To pass it, a computer needs to dupe 30 per cent of human judges in five minute text-based chats.
"Eugene" was created by a team based in Russia and passed the organised by the University of Reading with flying colours by duping 33 per cent of the judges. The program claims to be a boy from Odessa in Ukraine,
This is exciting, but critics are already raising red flags. "Having a computer that can trick a human into thinking that someone, or even something, is a person we trust is a wake-up call to cyber crime", said Kevin Warwick, a visiting professor at the University of Reading and deputy vice-chancellor for research at Coventry University told the Independent.
Here's what it's like to judge a Turing test, by the way.