A Suspiciously Silent Robot Can Break The Turing Test

You’re texting with someone when suddenly their side of the conversation falls quiet. The three thrumming dots hook you for a moment, but then they disappear, too. Silence from another person almost always spikes our curiosity: What are they thinking? Turns out, we apply the same suspicions when an artificially intelligent machine’s doing the talking — or not talking. In a study titled “Taking the fifth amendment in Turing’s imitation game,” published in the Journal of Experimental & Theoretical Artificial Intelligence, researchers exploited a glitch in the Turing test to find out if silence could skew the judge’s perception of A.I. They based their work on technical difficulties in the test that made the machine stop chattering with its conversation partner. When it fell silent, the human judge was left…


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