Eugene Goostman is a thirteen-year-old boy living in Odessa, Ukraine.  He likes to chat online, to anyone who will listen.  His father is a gynacologist, and he has a pet guinea pig.

He is also a bot.

At the largest Turing test ever conducted, on 23 June 2012, the “thirteen-year-old” fooled judges in Turing tests 29% of the time, just 1% away from the limit that Turing set.  The creators of Eugene Goostman aren’t saying whether they think the personality gave him the edge, but they aren’t ruling it out either.

Do you think that an AI should have a personality?  Would we relate to them better if they did, or would they be too close to being human and scare us?

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