Intelligent Machines: Chatting with the bots

Intelligent Machines: Chatting with the bots By Jane Wakefield Technology reporter 21 September 2015 From the section Technology Image copyright Thinkstock One of the ultimate aims of artificial intelligence is to create machines we can chat to.A computer program that can be trusted with mundane tasks – booking our holiday, reminding us of dentist appointments and offering useful advice about where to eat – but also one that can discuss the weather and answer offbeat questions.Alan Turing, one of the first computer scientists to think about artificial intelligence, devised a test to judge whether a machine was “thinking”.He suggested that if, after a typewritten conversation, a human was fooled into believing they had talked to another person rather than a computer program, the AI would be judged to have passed.These…

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