Thursday, January 17, 2008

Porn Bot Vs. Turing Test: Porn 1, Turing 0

I've blogged before about scammers and pranksters beating the Turing Test. Turns out that technically I was wrong:

In a true Turing Test, the humans aren't blindly conversing with the assumption that their conversant is human -- they're actively seeking to verify the presence of a human.

I got that from a blog post about a Russian porn bot which beats the informal Turing Test:

Russian crooks have unleashed an artificial intelligence, called CyberLover, that poses as a would-be paramour in sex chat rooms, enticing randy gentlemen to reveal personal information that can then be put to criminal use. Amazingly, the slutbot appears to be successful in convincing targets that it's a real person.

(via Ara Howard)

Just to brag a little, I predicted this somewhere between two to five years ago.

The difference between a bot which successfully pretends to be human and a bot which successfully pretends to be human even though people are actively trying to catch it is a big enough difference that we can still call the Turing Test unbeaten, but that difference is only a few years away from becoming a matter of splitting hairs.