Leading researchers in artificial intelligence (AI) at MIT were surprised today when George W Bush failed a Turing test. The incident happened when the President was touring the Massachusetts Institute of Technology after making a speech hailing the technology.
British computer pioneer Alan Turing proposed that an independent observer would observe a conversation between a computer and a human. If the observer can’t tell which one is the computer, then the computer must appear to have the same intelligence as the human.
“It was quite embarrassing,” said one observer. “We set him up at a terminal with our latest AI programme. The President asked a few basic questions of the software, beginning with ‘How are you?’ Within a few questions, President Bush was hopelessly lost.”
Here is the transcript of the interaction:
Bush: How are you today?
Computer: I’m fine, thank you. How are you?
Bush: I’m totalisingly fine.
Computer: I beg your pardon?
Bush: There will be no pardonifications. Justice will be done.
Computer: I’m sorry, I don’t understand what you’re saying.
Bush: I said there will be no pardonifications. Executise everyone on death row!
Computer: Help! Someone get me away from this maniac!