A.I. Advancements or Human Devolution Daily Debate 6.10.14


A chatbot turing test proved that an AI could successfully impersonate a 13-year-old boy. I don’t know if I should clap at technology’s advancement or ponder if we’ve just lowered our standards for what passes as conversation these days.

Having had only brief interactions with 13-year-old boys since I was 13 I have to say that there hasn’t been much level of sophistication going on with the short nonsensical statements I’ve heard uttered from their mouth, or typed into their phones, tablets and computers. Did they program the chatbot to mistype words, have questionable grammar and enjoy lowbrow humor? If so, is that really an advancement for AI?

I’m not claiming all 13-year-old boys are incapable of holding intelligent conversations, or employing proper spelling and grammar when communicating electronically, but if I was going to chat up a typical 13-year-old boy (not that I’m prowling the internet in search of them) I would…

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