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Russian Chatbot Passes Turing Test (Sort of) 236

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the would-you-like-to-play-a-game dept.
CurtMonash writes "According to Ina Fried, a chatbot is making the rounds that successfully emulates an easily-laid woman. As such, it dupes lonely Russian males into divulging personal and financial details at a rate of one every three minutes. All jokes aside — and a lot of them come quickly to mind — that sure sounds like the Turing Test to me. Of course, there are caveats. Reports of scary internet security threats are commonly overblown. There are some pretty obvious ways the chatbot could be designed to lessen its AI challenge by seeking to direct the conversation. And finally, while we are told the bot has fooled a few victims, we don't know its overall success rate at fooling the involuntary Turing "judges.""
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Russian Chatbot Passes Turing Test (Sort of)

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  • by morten poulsen (220629) on Sunday December 09, 2007 @11:33AM (#21631247) Homepage
    Jubii Chat had such a bot in 1999, collecting phone numbers from Danish boys, so this is not that new.

    Getting financial details is probably new, but that was predictable.
  • by TummyX (84871) on Sunday December 09, 2007 @11:37AM (#21631267)
    The Turing test is pretty clearly defined. The tester has to know that they are talking to both a human and machine and the to pass the test the machine has to convince the tester that they are the human.
  • by aflag (941367) on Sunday December 09, 2007 @11:50AM (#21631339)

    The Turing test is pretty clearly defined. The tester has to know that they are talking to both a human and machine and the to pass the test the machine has to convince the tester that they are the human.
    Hence the parenthesis in the post title.
  • by ornil (33732) on Sunday December 09, 2007 @12:10PM (#21631461)
    The company that makes this has a website (cyberlover.ru [cyberlover.ru] - in Russian). They claim the software is to expedite picking up women by getting their phone number, pictures, etc. In any case, it's not available now and only has screenshots (same one as in the linked article). So who knows if anyone real has used it at all or it's all fake or a scam to sell this software.
  • Emacs Girl? (Score:3, Informative)

    by Locklin (1074657) on Sunday December 09, 2007 @12:41PM (#21631723) Homepage
    Wouldn't Emacs be great if it had a an Emacs Girlfriend AND an Emacs Psychologist? On the other hand, she would probably want to go to couples therapy :-(

    Hello?

    How do you do? What brings you to see me?

    I am a hot russian girl

    Why do you say you are a hot russian girl?

    Are you looking for a girlfriend?

    What do you think?

    I'm a double D and love to have fun

    fun what ?
    What makes you believe and love to have what?

    Aren't you a curious one...

    Earlier you said and love to have what?

    Can I have you're phone number??

    Maybe your plans have something to do with this.
  • by TaoPhoenix (980487) <TaoPhoenix@yahoo.com> on Sunday December 09, 2007 @01:06PM (#21631953) Journal
    It is in the family of Turing tests.

    One of the reasons that AI researchers moved away from the pure test is that it becomes more about "gaming the conversation" than a test in real intelligence.

    People have no trouble "abusing" the conversant if it is part of a test with a bot. Therefore, the *person* also gets subjected to degenerate forms of conversation until he/she "authenticates as a person".

    (Really, someone just needs to put a few million of funding into some defensive conversation routines to make their perceived performance go through the roof. The problem so far has been everyone duplicating everyone else's efforts.)

    Although I have done thought studies of the reduced level of "intelligence" in chat rooms to begin with, they don't feature the same "bust the knowledge domain" questions seen in typical Turing contests. In fact, asking those questions earns you *ridicule* in other chat environments.

    Therefore, by "disallowing" the artificial questions, if the chatter failed to detect the BotHood of the conversant on the other side side by side with real people, it passes a form of Restricted Turing.

  • Jenny18 (Score:4, Informative)

    by tiny69 (34486) on Sunday December 09, 2007 @01:25PM (#21632125) Homepage Journal
    This was done years ago. Logs of victims are included.

    http://virt.vgmix.com/jenny18/ [vgmix.com]

  • by Headcase88 (828620) on Monday December 10, 2007 @03:11AM (#21638901) Journal
    After a little searching I think they're talking about a chatbot named Chomsky, but the link [pandorabots.com] for it is down and so far no luck finding an alternate download site.

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