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Comment: Re:but that's the problem with the turing test... (Score 1) 309

by bombman (#47211665) Attached to: Was Turing Test Legitimately Beaten, Or Just Cleverly Tricked?

I remember writing a bot for an online text based adventure years ago that pretended it was a female newbie that followed people around asking lots of questions and praising them for their skills. AI? not in the slightest, but scripts, pre-programmed patterns and social engineering (no learning!). Lots of fun, and it fooled quite a bit of players (for 5-10 minutes) who, as a thank-you, tended to kill her with extreme prejudice every time they encountered her.

Maybe if I write a script that goes ;
"Hello, this is Thomas's mother, hes 2 years old..."
and then continue to spew out random letters -- would that pass a Turing test?

Comment: Re:GMOs and cloning are the devil (Score 1) 156

by bombman (#45963049) Attached to: Chinese Firm Can Now Produce 500 Cloned Pigs Per Year

Last time I heard, cloned pigs display same variety in response to various tests (drugs, sickness etc.) as sibling pigs does.
So they are not as similar as you might think. It takes a bit of the "dangers of cloning" out of the issue. I believe cloning
should be limited to areas such clinical research, because if you replace pigs everywhere with very limited genetic variance,
you're setting up a system that is rather vulnerable to diseases.

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