So, here I am with my first article. I’m late and many other blogs have written about the sensational news of Eugene Goostman passing the Turing test, yet I’d like to pass on the story told the right way: the Turing test has not been passed by a machine (yet).
I’m not going to try and explain the issue from the beginning and do what others already did (that is, debunk a myth that has been created by poorly informed journalism, and exploited for advertising a not-so-special chatbot). I’m going to give you this reference to an article on TechDirt that I hope will clarify your doubts, and focus on an issue of which this event is only an example:
How can hoaxes like this propagate the way they do?
The answer is trivial: not everyone is an expert in computer science, but there’s plenty of non-experts who want to write about it.
Additionally, bloggers that write crappy articles often get a (un)fair amount of views, even more than serious ones, et voilà: repost, like, share… bullshit is spread.
It is too early for me as a blogger to adventure on long explanations about this phenomena, and also there is a chance that from your point of view the stuff I write is complete nonsense, so I’ll end it here for this time, but not without an invite for everyone who reads:
try and use blogs and the Internet in general to spread good, reliable information, and do not repost seemingly breaking news that you haven’t verified.
I’m talking about computers and technology, but I try to use the same behaviour in every field of knowledge, specially when reading things I know nothing about. If I didn’t even know what the Turing test was, I wouldn’t risk sharing that it has been passed without at least get informed on what it actually is (i.e. read somewhere else than the blog spreading the possible hoax).
Well, apparently a lot of people would happily take that risk.