Computer Program Matches Intelligence of Mankind, at Least in California
Watley Review
February 15, 2005

The IBM Almaden Research Center's Maisy 5 program has successfully
passed the Turing test for artificial intelligence--at least by the
standards of the California educational system, according to center
director Dr. Mark Dean. The Turing test dictates that a computer is
capable of thinking if it can execute responses that are
indistinguishable from human responses, and Maisy 5 passed because the
human "controls" were not well-versed in fundamental social concepts
and basically incapable of performing an authentic conversation.

One of the judges in the study notes that the social competency of the
human participants was so appalling as to make the program appear
intelligent and civilized in comparison. "What's happened here is not
that the computers got smarter--the people got dumber," remarks
computer science professor Henrietta DeMarcos. She notes that the
annual Loebner Competition held in New York, which boasts a better
educational system than California, involves more conversationally
adept control subjects.

The Pentagon has expressed interest in using the Maisy 5 software in
robotic soldiers, while Dean says researchers are exploring whether the
program could qualify as a voter in the next election.


 From ACM : Technews, February 18, 2005