Absolutely Integral: the human's role in machine learning


The robots are taking over – or so they say. Smart devices are seemingly everywhere we look, we've accepted artificially intelligent machines into our homes and workplaces and there are even self-driving cars on the roads. It's starting to seem like it won't be long until the world is entirely automated, and we humans are merely passengers going along for the ride. The benchmark is for a machine to pass the Turing test, and although it was claimed that the Eugene Goostman chatbot did so in 2014, many have refuted the claims saying that the test was weighted in the machine's favour. The challenge in beating the 68-year-old test is for someone to talk simultaneously to a robot and a human, and if they are unable to identify which is which then the test has been passed.