Milestones to Skynet – Turing Test Passed: Check!

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This past Saturday the first in a series of steps to our robotic overlords – at least in the way I view them – was accomplished when a program managed to fool a third of the judges in a Turing Test competition in London. The fictitious persona, Eugene Goostman, was created by software engineers Vladimir Veselov (Russian) and Eugene Demchenko (Ukrainian).

Goostman purported to be a 13 year old Ukranian boy who had a penchant for hamburgers and candy. But despite a third of the judges being convinced that Eugene was a typical teenager, the artificial intelligence had no experiences that would give it a true reference point with which to fool people.

But just imagine when hardware catches up with software advances to where they can sample the world around them in more human ways. Will they be able to describe a bouquet of wine and the taste of a nice ribeye (sorry for the imagery, vegetarians) that will not only fool the biological entities, but will they serve as a reference point for our tastes? Maybe Siri and her ilk will be recommending restaurants not only on proximity and ratings, but perceived personal experience as well.

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But where could it lead from there? Well, pick your favorite robotic overlord path, I’m sure they all lead to human dominance. However, I’m hoping to watch the sentient apes battle the robots for the crown, and then we can pick off the beaten down winner.

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The bad news? Ape sentiency is not coming along fast enough to be a threat to Skynet. So, if we can do anything to speed up the arrival of the Master Simian race, we should probably be doing that. I’m not sure we have the luxury of waiting for our ever so unlikely allies…

Turing Test

The Turing test is a test of a machine’s ability to exhibit intelligent behaviour equivalent to, or indistinguishable from, that of a human. In the original illustrative example, a human judge engages in natural language conversations with a human and a machine designed to generate performance indistinguishable from that of a human being. All participants are separated from one another. If the judge cannot reliably tell the machine from the human, the machine is said to have passed the test. The test does not check the ability to give the correct answer to questions; it checks how closely the answer resembles typical human answers. The conversation is limited to a text-only channel such as a computer keyboard and screen so that the result is not dependent on the machine’s ability to render words into audio

source:wikipedia

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Dunes of Mars

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Across the southern Martian Noachis Terra region, sand patterns are created by wind blown sand, resulting in unique forms whose structure is dependent on the tiny size of Martian sand grains. Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

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Contact 1 – 200k LEGO Masterpiece

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When it comes to LEGO models, there are some that go by the instruction sheet, and others that go out on their own designs. But Mike Doyle does one even better by constructing his own 200,000 piece futuristic city, named “Contact 1″. I don’t think it would be a stretch to call this a SciFi

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Two Hulls House

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Sometimes a new take on architecture really catches one’s eye, and you have to admire its unique design. Such is the case of “Two Hulls House”, designed by MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects.  

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How Big Is The International Space Station

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Chances are good that you know about the ISS (aka International Space Station), but do you really know how big it is? At 109 m wide, is is only 1 meter short of a typical football field. In other words, it would stand taller than the Statue of Liberty if it was orientated in that

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Prehistoric Googling

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Prehistoric Googling…

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Inspired By Nature

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Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit, inspired by Nature…

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Sometimes a Good Design Just Works

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  Sometimes a good design just works.

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Be in Two Places at Once Thanks to Your Double

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Wouldn’t it be great if you could be in two places at once? You would probably need your own double to make that happen. And that is exactly the thinking behind the Double, a device designed to empower you beyond your physical presence. The Double is a virtual presence (telepresence) device that could be described

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Explore Mars and the Curiosity Rover Through a Panorama

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Do you wish that you could get up close to Mars and the Curiosity Rover? Then consider taking a look at this 360Cities Panorama. I suggest you hit the full screen button and take it for a relaxing virtual visit. If you look at the top of the rover, you might notice the Mars rocks

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