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About The Turing Hub

The Turing Hub is a kind of switchboard that connects people to chatterbots or other people for the express purpose of having a conversation with something and then being asked to describe what it was you were talking to. This activity is part of the Turing test.

At this site, our goal is to be able to present each visitor with a verbal behavior experience using a variety of interfaces for the possibility of conversation. We want to see if people have more than a 70% chance of guessing the true identity of their conversational partner.

Turing predicted that machines would eventually be able to pass the test. In fact, he estimated that by the year 2000, machines with a billion bits (about 119 MB) of memory would be able to fool 30% of human judges during a 5-minute test. He also predicted that people would then no longer consider the phrase "thinking machine" contradictory. He further predicted that machine learning would be an important part of building powerful machines, a claim which is considered to be plausible by contemporary researchers in Artificial intelligence.

There are some technical limitations associated with this network. This project would not be possible without The Human Beings.

This project bears no relationship to Albert One or the Loebner Prize Contest. Though some of the participants here are past Loebner Prize contestants, it has not always been possible to utilize programs like Albert One as web applications.

See the TuringHub Blog for the project diary.

[main page] What's with the bicycle you may ask? This is our homage to the classic television series, The Prisoner, with Patrick McGoohan's famous line, "I am not a number! I am a free man!" It is a part of human nature to resist automation because of the fear that it takes away our ability to decide for ourselves, our free will.

Copyright © 2007 Robby Garner