CNET GLOSSARY: Terms for the techie
Named for computing pioneer Alan Turing, this test evaluates the robustness of artificial intelligence. Back in the 1950s, Turing predicted that by the end of that century a computer with the right program could engage in a written conversation, and for five minutes pass for a real human about 70 percent of the time. The Turing test (now held annually for the Loebner Prize) involves participating in a written conversation via e-mail or online chat. If the human participant believes the computer correspondent is another person, the software is classified as possessing true artificial intelligence.
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