#366 June 16, 2014 – Computer Bot Passes the Turing Test, or does it?

This week’s headline story: Computer Bot Passes the Turing Test, or does it?

Screen Shot 2014-06-16 at 9.16.19 AMA computer program that pretends to be a 13-year-old Ukrainian boy named Eugene Goostman is the first bot to pass Alan Turing’s test of artificial intelligence. Goostman was able to convince 33 percent of the judges that it was human during a five-minute typed conversation. Alan Turing designed his test for AI, known as the Turning Test, in 1950. Goostman passed Turing’s test on the 60th anniversary of Turings death. While passing the Turing test is supposed to credit a computer with the ability to think like a human, Ray Kurzweil, a leading researcher in artificial intelligence challenges Goostman’s win. Although the bot was able to fool one third of the audience, a review of transcripts shows that, when asked probing questions, Goostman’s human characteristics faulter.

and elsewhere in Tech News.

Cisco: Net Traffic by 2018 To Exceed 1984-2013 Combined [NewsFactor]

Network giant, Cisco predicts that in 2018 there will be more Internet traffic than all the yers between 1984 and 2013. Significant contributers to growth in Internet demand will come from 4K video, data-intensive files and an increase in connected individuals.

Starbucks Rolling Out Powermat Mobile Charging Nationally [NewsFactor]

Starbucks has partnered with Duracell to start a national rollout of Powermat wireless charging in its coffee shops. Soon customers with devices that support Powermat will be able to charge their devices in Starbucks without having to fight for power outlets. The move by Starbucks is anticipated to spur the growth of wireless charging technologies in the US and abroad.

and in Information Security news this week..

  • Blackphones Coming in Three Weeks, Will Ship in Millions, Backers Say [CIO]

    A new SECURE smartphone is coming to market in then the next few weeks. Encrypted communications provider Silent Circle and manufacturer Geeksphone have engineered the Blackphone from the ground up to prevent hacking and spying. The phone encrypts all communications giving users a way around data collection by governments and private companies. The US$629 Blackphone offers secure and private voice and video calls, text messaging and file exchanges, as well as anonymous Internet use, the companies say.

and in Tech Industry news…

  • Tesla Handing Over the Keys to Its Technology [NewsFactor]

    Aiming to cultivate a bigger industry for rechargeable vehicles, Tesla CEO Elon Musk is pledging to give away the company’s entire patent portfolio to all comers, as long as they promise not to engage in courtroom battles over the intellectual property. Other automakers using Tesla’s technology could potentially share the cost of Tesla’s charging stations

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