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 Post Posted: Tue May 09, 2017 10:58 am 
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So, you probably noticed all the spam posts this morning. Like the title says, what if it's not really spam. What if we're test subjects for a program that's learning to emulate human communication.

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     Post Posted: Tue May 09, 2017 11:26 am 
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    Unless we agreed to participate in such a thing, it's still spam.

    On the other hand, spammers are always looking for ways to beat both software and wetware anti-spam filters, so most spam could be considered trials in finding out what makes a message seem relatable to humans so they'll click on the offered links.

    The real point is what does it take to 'pass' a Turing Test? After all, enough people click these links that spammers bother to keep posting them. Does that not imply a judgment about the 'humanity' of the programs that post them? A machine becomes human when "you" cannot tell the difference anymore. But who is this "you"? An expert in AI who knows exactly the pitfalls of natural language interpretation and can spot the most common patterns that distinguish AI conversation bots from humans? Or just anyone who has money to spend on the recommendation of a stranger on the internet?

    Flip it around, what does the ability of AI of the current level to trick so many humans say about whether seeming "human" should even be a goal for AI?

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    Well, if we agreed to participate then we wouldn't exactly be unsuspecting.

    Also, people will click anything. Links surrounded by gibberish. Surrounded by nothing. Surrounded by an image of a girl in a bikini.

    Girl in bikini here.


    bet some people click that

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     Post Posted: Tue May 09, 2017 6:41 pm 
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    Well, how valid is a Turing test if the interrogator really suspects nothing?

    Just add some pillows and a blanket and have your laptop play a snore track. The average observer will assume it's a sleeping human.

    Let's not even get into more sophisticated foolery.

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