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Can you tell if a human or computer wrote these sentences?

Can you tell if a human or computer wrote these sentences?
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In today's world where your smartphone can understand your speech and answer your questions, it's probably not very surprising that in addition to speaking, computers can also write. But, do you think you can tell the difference between a human sentence and a computer-generated version? Here's an example:

“Tuesday was a great day for W. Roberts, as the junior pitcher threw a perfect game to carry Virginia to a 2-0 victory over George Washington at Davenport Field.”

Was that written by a human or a computer? Follow along and I'll show you how to find out.

There is a game of sorts called the Turing Test to challenge folks to pick out content written by computers or humans. It's named after Alan Turing, a British mathematician considered the father of artificial intelligence. The Turing Test can determine whether or not a person can tell the difference between a computer and a human. Click here to learn more about the Turing Test and AI.

Sounds simple right? Wrong, because the person taking the test doesn't get to see who they're communicating with. They can only ask questions and make judgments based on the responses. What do you think? Would you want to give it a try?

You don't have to attend the annual conference to take the test for yourself. You can take a quick quiz right now instead! Just read a few short sentences and then guess whether you think a human or a computer wrote them. It might be harder to tell than you think.

Take the quiz and let me know in the comments how you did on it. What was the hardest question for you to choose? I can't wait to see how you all did!

Click here to take the quiz now.

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