Good Machine Performance in Turing's Imitation Game

Kevin Warwick, Huma Shah

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In this paper, we consider transcripts which originated from a practical series of Turing's Imitation Game that was held on June 23, 2012, at Bletchley Park, U.K. In some cases, the tests involved a three-participant simultaneous comparison of two hidden entities, whereas others were the result of a direct two-participant interaction. Each of the transcripts considered here resulted in a human interrogator being fooled, by a machine, into concluding that they had been conversing with a human. Particular features of the conversation are highlighted, successful ploys on the part of each machine are discussed, and likely reasons for the interrogator being fooled are considered. Subsequent feedback from the interrogators involved is also included.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-299
JournalComputational Intelligence and AI in Games, IEEE Transactions on
Issue number3
Early online date25 Sept 2013
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2014
Externally publishedYes

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  • Chatbots
  • Turing's imitation game
  • deception detection
  • machine misidentification
  • natural language


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