An AI beating the Turing test.
One of the greatest challenges the field of artificial intelligence faces is to simulate the workings of a human brain. Now an AI company reveals its software can solve the world’s most widely used test of a machine’s ability to act human, Google’s reCAPTCHA, by copying how human vision works.
The founder of modern computing, Alan Turing, developed the Turing test, which asks if it is possible to devise machines capable of acting human, and in doing so helped spawn the field of artificial intelligence. The most famous version of his test asks whether a machine can mimic a person well enough in a conversation over text to be indistinguishable from human — if so, a computer could be argued to be at least as intelligent as us.
The most commonly used Turing test is the CAPTCHA, which stands for “Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart.” CAPTCHAs are designed to see whether users are human, often to prevent Internet-crawling bots from accessing computing services or collecting sensitive data.