Alan Turing Legendary AI Test


The Imitation Game

Alan Turing was a famous visionary British mathematician.

During the second world war he played a key role in breaking the Germany enigma code. 

In the 1950’s he presented a landmark paper ‘Computer machinery and Intelligence’ to determine if a computer has achieved human intelligence.

Alan Turing called it ‘The Imitation Game.’ He proposed if a computer. Through text only chat. Can convenience a person that they are corresponding with another human being then it passes the test.


In practice virtually impossible. Each year a contest called the Loebner Prize is organised to run their own Turing Tests. The objective being to see if chatbots with latest AI software can convince a panel of judges. That it is more human than its human competitors.

33-percent human

To date none of the chatbots have succeeded. The best conversational chatbot is called Mistuku

Mistuku has achieved a rating of "33-percent human." When Mistuku was asked if a chatbot will ever pass the Turing Test, she had the perfect answer: "You be the judge of that." A considerable achievement given the complexity of imitating human thought and speech patterns.


Eugene Goostman from Odessa is chatbot portrayed as being a 13-year-old boy from Odessa, Ukraine. He has a pet guinea pig and a father who is a gynecologists'.

He has been reported to be the first program to pass the Turing Test.

What should be remembered. In the 1930s before computers existed. Alan Turning was writing and talking about ‘Universal Machine.’ A simple form of universal intelligence. Artificial Intelligence was not defined until 1956. 

Alan described his universal machine. In terms ‘State of Mind' to label ‘read’ and ‘write’ functions of the machine. His machine used tape inscribed with bits of information represented by symbols. The scanner head could either read the symbols or write new symbols. 

"The operation actually performed. Is determined by the state of mind of the computer and the observed symbols," wrote Turing in his 1936 paper." They determine the state of mind of the computer after the operation is carried out."

Today computers do not use tape. In fact, after the war, Alan Turing at Manchester University was working on the development of random-access memory and hard disks. Key components of computers today.

When the Turing Test was first published in 1950. Turing himself was confident that "intelligent machinery" (as he called it) would be able to win the imitation game within 50 to 100 years.

Will his predictions come true?

Personally, yes, it is just a matter of time and it will be within Alan’s 100-year prediction.

About the author 

Christopher Bird

Building your own Power App, BI solution, or automated workflow can be a mind-blowing experience. It can also be a nightmare. Particularly when you begin with a blank screen. My advice, get professional help as and when you need it. That's what successful people do.

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