It's taken 64 years, but the Turing Test for Artificial Intelligence (AI) has finally been passed.
"Eugene Goostman," an AI programmed to respond like a 13-year-old from Odessa, Ukraine, became the first computer to ever pass the Turing Test.
The test was completed at the Royal Society in England where Eugene convinced 33 percent of the judges present that it was human.
The original test created by Turing was based on the Imitation Game, which was outlined in his 1950 paper "Computing Machinery and Intelligence." This adapted party game required a person in one room and a computer in the other.
A judge who didn't know which room the computer was in would ask questions of both the person and the computer. If the computer was able to convince the judge that it was human, it passed the test.
"In this case, Eugene Goostman — an AI developed by Vladimir Veselov, Eugene Demchenko, and Sergey Ulasen — is a chatterbot. Eugene is basically just a text box on a website: You type your message into the box, and then Eugene responds. At the event held at the Royal Society in London — organized by the University of Reading to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Turing’s death — a number of judges had a five-minute “conversation” with Eugene."
I know what you're thinking, but no, the robot apocalypse is not just around the corner. Artificial Intelligence and the imitation of AI are completely different.
Eugene is technically a chatterbot -- it can only respond to outside stimuli with a pre-programmed set of instructions. It is not capable of learning anything new or acting on its own.