X-Box 360 passes Turing Test

Funny story written by IainB

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

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The Turing Test is a way of determining when an artificial intelligence has become sufficiently advanced as to be indistinguishable from a human. AI researchers are now asking for this test to be redesigned after an X-Box 360 passed.

"The responses it came back with were dumb," said AI Visual Recognition specialist (or AI Eye Aye as it is called in the business), Luke Listen. "Unfortunately the researchers used school kids from Fleetwood, and the responses they came back with were equally dumb."

Questions such as "Who is the prime minister?" elicited responses such as "David Thingy", "What's that?", "Barak Obama" and "Is it seven? Or three?"

With answers coming back at this level, the X-Box's responses were exactly the same as those of the schoolchildren.

"I wouldn't mind," said Luke Listen, "the AI researchers hadn't even written their own AI software, they were simply taking the responses from Simples 5, Simples on Holiday."

Electronic Farts the manufacturers of the Simples series of games are quite pleased that their game was now officially classed as artificially intelligent.

"We always knew that we had created a great game," spokesman Tom Twiddle said. "And now we can slap a big sticker on the box saying that the game is indistinguishable from talking to a human. We will put in small letters somewhere that this is compared to thirty school kids from Fleetwood, for honesty's sake."

Twiddle was quick to dispel claims that the whole test was engineered by EF Games. "We are happy to be part of it, but we were not the instigators."

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