First-Person Shooters Get Their Own Turing Test

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In a twist on the traditional Turing Test, BotPrize asked contestants to program a bot that could play Unreal Tournament 2004 with all the imperfections and trash talk of a real player. See if you can tell human from bot.

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In a similar to the traditional Turing Test, BotPrize judges watched game play of a human player and a bot, and were asked to select which player was which. A $6000 grand prize was offered to any programmer whose bot could fool the judges 80 percent of the time. No one took home the gold, but one programmer did receive a $1700 for creating the most deceptively human bot. Below is a video comparing human play to bot play:


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A Turing Test and Cash Prize for Human-Like Video Game Bots [Popular Science]

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Anekanta
Anekanta - spoon denier

Like the original Turing test, this doesn't really prove much. The scope of its intelligence is still limited to highly constrained tasks (shooting and dodging) in a highly constrained environment where all the variables are known.