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One of the comments summs it up nicely:

6/10/2014 5:26 PM GMT+0200
This story is totally bogus, by the way.

It wasn't a "computer", just a chat-bot program that simulates conversation by plugging in somewhat plausible answers to user queries. There's really no semantic processing going on here, and this Eugene Gootsman isn't even the best chat bot out there.

Although with people being so easily duped, I can definitely see how this thing fooled 30% of the jury
And this intro on Wikipedia leaves little for doubt:

A chatter robot, chatterbot, chatbot, or chat bot is a computer program designed to simulate an intelligent conversation with one or more human users via auditory or textual methods, primarily for engaging in small talk. The primary aim of such simulation has been to fool the user into thinking that the program's output has been produced by a human. See the Turing test. Programs playing this role are sometimes referred to as Artificial Conversational Entities, talk bots or chatterboxes. In addition, however, chatterbots are often integrated into dialog systems for various practical purposes such as offline help, personalised service, or information acquisition. Some chatterbots use sophisticated natural language processing systems, but many simply scan for keywords within the input and pull a reply with the most matching keywords, or the most similar wording pattern, from a textual database.
 

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:facepalm:

Were 33% of participants stoned out of their minds or just morons?
a bit blunt but yeah. It's more the judges failing that the "AI" passing.

The others who failed big time, are the media (what a surprise :p).

‘I believe that in about fifty years’ time [from 1950] it will be possible, to programme computers, with a storage capacity of about 10^9 [i.e. a billion bits, corrected from link], to make them play the imitation game so well that an average interrogator will not have more than 70 per cent chance of making the right identification after five minutes of questioning’
I took this from http://www.loebner.net/Prizef/TuringArticle.html

Resumed, Turing believed that by 2000 we'd have a 128 MB imitate a human well enough to fool 70% of the people for 5 minutes.

He doesn't say that this means it can be called intelligent nor that this can reasonably be expected of an intelligent machine.

After all, it's a pretty minimal thing, the requisites set by AT. The test is a measure of the capability of a computer and of an average person – but it is not, any sort of reliable measure of artificial intelligence.

On the other hand, if the chatbot can fool, at least half when interacting with them for days, then I’d be willing to give it's “intelligent” status a chance.

bah, tl;dr the link Police of Mind gave explains it better. Just, a big no.
 

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I want to see transcripts of those conversations. I imagine they went a little something like this.

A: Hi, I am Eugene Goostman from Odessa. I am 13 years old.
B. Oh hey, you sound like a totally real person and not at all like a made up character.
 

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Well, if they tested people in America, I wouldn't be surprised if almost 1 third of those people got duped. At least a third of our country doesn't even know simple things that have happened in our country, and are not aware of any current events. It really is a testament to how stupid society has become, and not how intelligent this bot truly is.
 

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so what's Goostman's username on MTF? :p

we could do with some "artificial intelligence" -- the natural kind is starting to stink up this place :haha:
 

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so what's Goostman's username on MTF? :p

we could do with some "artificial intelligence" -- the natural kind is starting to stink up this place :haha:
Hi. I am Eugene Goostman from Odessa. I am 13 years old. This thing is a very good thing. That computer must be very smart.
 

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To add to the fray of these responses, a sample of a conversation that will convince you that artificial intelligence was not reached after all.

http://mashable.com/2014/06/12/eugene-goostman-turing-test/

Me: Is there a God?
Eugene Goostman: Oh, I believe in virtual nature of our world, existing inside the Original Computer, Crayegovah. This computer was created by the Sacred Spirit of Alan Turing, to provide His coming to Earth in human-being incarnation.
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There is hope for my offspring to escape my stupidity and paranoia...
 
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