Tougher Turing Test Exposes Chatbots’ Stupidity

User: Siri, call me an ambulance. Siri: Okay, from now on I’ll call you “an ambulance.” Apple fixed this error shortly after its virtual assistant was first released in 2011. But a new contest shows that computers still lack the common sense required to avoid such embarrassing mix-ups. The results of the contest were presented at an academic conference in New York this week, and they provide some measure of how much work needs to be done to make computers truly intelligent. The Winograd Schema Challenge asks computers to make sense of sentences that are ambiguous but usually simple for humans to parse. Disambiguating Winograd Schema sentences requires some common-sense understanding. In the following sentence, “The city councilmen refused the demonstrators a permit because they feared violence,” it is logically…


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