Friday, June 09, 2006

Failing the Turing Test

Jason Striegel writes about failing the Turing Test:

Some time around March, I started receiving a number of random instant messages from people I've never met before. Apparantly, my AIM alias had been added to at least two online lists and people all over the world were busy importing me as a buddy.

I say "at least two" because the people who contacted me fell into one of two camps: people who thought they were contacting a celebrity and people who thought they were contacting a robot. As I talked to more and more of these folks, I began to discover something really disturbing about myself:

I consistently fail to be perceived as human.

...

So what if I'm not intelligent? What if I'm not even artificially
intelligent? What if I never get to be human?

At least I can pass as a pretty convincing celebrity.

1 comment:

Jason Friedman said...

Your blog post was mentioned on Digg. I enjoyed reading it, clever phrasing.
Jason (a human from Denver)