My Interview on CTV about Artificial Intelligence and The Turing Test
June 11, 2014
Had a fun little interview on a popular Canadian news show (part of CTV - Kevin Newman Live) where I got to give my opinion on a recent story about an experiment done in Reading, UK where a machine had supposedly been able to beat the Turing test. What this means is that 33% of the people who took a test where they weren't sure if they were speaking with a human or a machine were folled more than 30% of the time. So they were talking to a machine and thought they were talking to a person.
There was a lot of controversy over this result with hard-core geeks (like myself) as the test was really more about testing a Chat-Bot (a simple mechanism for repeating questions back to a person) than developing a true form of Artificial Intelligence. But my point in the interview is that if people are getting duped in any way into thinking a machine is a person, we should be having more serious discussions about the nature of AI and machine learning now than before 100% of people are fooled all the time. Unless, of course, the friendly robots who fool me also make me lattes.