Why Apple and Google should be worried about Facebook’s new bots store

Alan Turing fundamentally designed the Pilot ACE computer (above), once the fastest computer in the world, in the 1950s. His legacy is now coming to bear in Silicon Valley (Geoff Caddick/PA)SAN FRANCISCO — In 1950, artificial intelligence pioneer Alan Turing famously proposed what came to be known as the Turing Test: the proposition that a machine had achieved intelligence if it could carry on a conversation that was indistinguishable from a human one. English cryptanalyst Alan Turing (© Pictorial Press Ltd / Alamy) In 2016, Turing’s ghost has come to haunt Silicon Valley in a big way. Companies are racing to build technology that can talk with you. Last month, Microsoft launched the Microsoft Bot Framework, a set of software tools that let companies create their own conversational bots. Customers of Domino’s,…


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