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A computer monitor showing a conversation between a human participant and “Eugene” the supercomputer.

A computer program has made Artificial Intelligence history by unrecognizably impersonating a human with a 30-plus percent accuracy.

The program, named Eugene, was made to engage in conversation with judges at the Royal Society in London on Saturday, pretending to be supposed teenager Eugene Goostman.

It persuaded the judges 33 percent of the time that it was a human, thus for the first time nailing Turing Test, introduced by English mathematician, code-breaker, and pioneer of computer science Alan Turing, which is a test of a machine’s ability to exhibit intelligent behavior.

The Russian creator of “Eugene”, US-based scientist Vladimir Veselov, said the result was a “remarkable achievement.” “We spent a lot of time developing a character with a believable personality,” he said.

“In the field of artificial intelligence there is no more iconic and controversial milestone than the Turing Test, when a computer convinces a sufficient number of interrogators into believing that it is not a machine but rather is a human,” said Professor Kevin Warwick of the University of Reading, west of London, who organized the competition.

“We are therefore proud to declare that Alan Turing’s Test was passed for the first time on Saturday,” Warwick said.


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