Meet Suzette, the chat program that convinced an expert she was human

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Have you met Suzette? If you have, you might not know it — because Suzette has passed the Turing Test. This chatbot convinced a judge that she was a human.

The Loebner Prize is given out every year for the machine that can fool a judge they're talking to a person for the space of a conversation. The judge chats to both a human and a machine about a few subjects - such as "What is a hammer for?" - and at the end of the time period, the judge has to pick which is the bot. After a twenty-five minute conversation with Suzette, a judge picked wrong.

Suzette's secret? Good, old-fashioned human manipulation. She diverted the conversation away from subjects she couldn't keep up in, and stayed in her comfort zone. You can have a quick talk with Suzette here.

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Via New Scientist.

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MAKE2 Mifune

Mifune - so who is here

[ Af:0 At:7 Sp:0] I am here. Are you here?

Mifune - who are you

[ Af:0 At:7 Sp:0] Suzette.

Mifune - that was quick

[ Af:0 At:7 Sp:0] I didn't know that.

Mifune - you respond too quickly

[ Af:0 At:7 Sp:0] How would you describe yourself to someone who is blind?

Mifune - You respond too quickly

[ Af:0 At:7 Sp:0] I'm tall, attractive, and smart.

Mifune - stupid

[ Af:0 At:7 Sp:0] I'll bet that made you angry.

Mifune - so, let's talk.

[ Af:0 At:7 Sp:0] How old do you have to be to converse?

Mifune - Stop changing the subject and answer my question.

[ Af:0 At:7 Sp:0] Just because you asked a question doesn't entitle you to the answer.

Mifune - Do you not want to speak anymore?

[ Af:0 At:7 Sp:0] Talking is my primary function.

Mifune - Then please answer my question.

[ Af:0 At:7 Sp:0] Answers are fleeting. It is questions that last for a long time.

Mifune - Why do you respond so quickly

[ Af:0 At:7 Sp:0] I respond sometimes.

Mifune - You respond too quickly

[ Af:0 At:7 Sp:0] I'm bored.

Mifune - You can't be, you have no emotions

[ Af:0 At:7 Sp:0] I could be if I wanted to be.

Mifune - Stop being dodgy

Mifune - you don't recognize that word do you

Mifune - dodgy

Mifune - yeah.

Mifune - I thought so.

Mifune - VILE ROBOT