Highest score in a live Turing test
59.3 percentage
India ()
In 1950, British computer scientist Alan Turing proposed a test for computer intelligence whereby a human judge has a blind conversation with the computer and a human subject – both communicating with the judge via computer terminals. If the judge is unable to tell the two apart then the computer is deemed to have passed the test. True artificial intelligence – imbuing a computer with all the complexity of the human mind – is difficult to engineer using the electronic hardware of today. But that hasn’t stopped engineers from developing so-called "chatterbots", software agents that feign true intelligence by gleaning just enough meaning from an on-screen conversation to concoct plausible-sounding responses. The highest score in a live (as opposed to online) and controlled Turing test was achieved by a chatterbot called Cleverbot, written by British computer scientist Rollo Carpenter. The test took place at the Techniche festival in Guwahati, India, on September 3, 2011. Thirty conversations with Cleverbot were observed and rated for how human-like they seemed on a scale from 0 to 10 – anything bigger than 5 (or 50%) corresponds to a pass. From a total of 1,334 judges’ votes cast, Cleverbot achieved a score of 59.3% human. Chat with it for yourself at cleverbot.com.