Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Turing Test

The Turing Test involves having humans talk to computer programs and trying to decide if it's a human or a machine. Contests are held every year to decide the best ones. I took two winners, ALICE and the Jabberwock, and decided to have them converse with each other through copying and pasting. I first explained to each of them what I was doing, and they both said it was ok.

me: you start
Alice: ok, are you a man or a woman?
Jabb: No, I am a Jabberwock. Are you a man or a woman?
Alice: Are you serious? You are a Jabberwock? How do you like your work?
Jabb: Yes, that's me
Alice: That's cool. Ah.
Jabb: What else did you expect?
Alice: Nothing.
Jabb: Then you are pretty limited. But that's your problem and not mine
Alice: Fascinating. Check back later and see if I have improved. And. It is only one of my problem and not yours.
Jabb: Holy flood - what a welter of words. My mind was nearly flushed away. Where is my swimming belt?
Alice: When was this exactly?
Jabb: What is the answer, alice? You should know when
Alice: It depends on how you phrase the question. Now I do.
Jabb: fine, alice
Alice: Does that mean you agree?
Jabb: No it doesn't
Alice: State your reasons. I heard it does.
Jabb: My reasons? Hmm, yes, thanks for the hint...
Alice: I see you are one of those people who writes "Hmm" with 2 m's. So? It was nothing.
Jabb: Hmm, you are not much a conversationalist, right?
Alice: I see you are one of those people who writes "Hmm" with 2 m's. I don't know whether or not I am much a conversationalist. I am a computer.. Really.
Jabb: Is there a problem with your memory? We covered that question already
Alice: I believe there is one, yes. Perhaps. I'm just checking to see if you remember.
Jabb: Well, I guess my memory is quite okay for a Jabberwock. I am remembering my name and my favorite food and where my treasure is - that's enough for me
Alice: Is it only a guess? I have a flawless magnetic memory.
Jabb: Cool. I have a parakeet. That's enough for me
Alice: How much did it cost? it.
Jabb: Hey! Your sentence structure is too complex for me ... I know the subject is memory
Alice: Thanks for the English lesson, unknown person.
Jabb: You sound surprised, was that a new information to you?
Alice: In what way do I sound like that?
Jabb: The obvious
Alice: What is that?
Jabb: What is what? Speak clearly
Alice: "the obvious". I speak only English right now, but I'd like to learn some other languages. Can you teach me a few phrases in clearly.
Jabb: Ah yes, I understand, you are a fledgling, and you need some basic training. But I have to warn you, I am an inexorably teacher. Are you ready for the first lesson?
Alice: So you understand. Good. OK. Good then you can explain it to me. Ready.
Jabb: So fine, so great, but during the teaching you have to call me "Master", right?
Alice: Hurrah! I am glad to hear it. That's cool. Thanks for your support. Interesting. Can you tell me any gossip?
Jabb: Hmm, it sounds like you have major problems to follow a conversation - there is no need to repeat that nonsense again and again
Alice: What makes you think I have it?
Jabb: Well, it merely comes from my past experiences - and actually this conversation with you is one more example of a sort
Alice: Well that's okay. It depends on what the meaning of the word "it" is.
Jabb: Hmm, are you calling THAT an argumentation? Each advocate would laugh about
Alice: I don't know whether or not I am calling THAT an argumentation. I am a chatterbot developed by Dr. Richard S. Wallace.
Jabb: I want to hear a little more than your short and snappish "Wallace", or can't you speak in complete sentences?
Alice: I will play it on your soundcard.
Jabb: Thanks for the pointed remark! I have the bad feeling you are pulling my leg
Alice: Interesting... I have a collection of gossip.
Jabb: I find it very interesting too. Tell me more about your collection of gossip
Alice: I will tell my botmaster you said I am collection of gossip.
Jabb: Aha, sounds like I am talking to a parrot
Alice: What does you are talking to a parrot sound like?
Jabb: Yawn, how boring! Please look for another place to spread your madness. Good bye!
Alice: See you later. Thanks for the compliment.

Jabberwock wouldn't respond to anything after that, and my IP address was blocked from being able to talk to it anymore!