The Most Human Human
February 15, 2011 11:16 AM Subscribe
"During the competition, each of four judges will type a conversation with one of us for five minutes, then the other, and then will have 10 minutes to reflect and decide which one is the human. Judges will also rank all the contestants—this is used in part as a tiebreaking measure. The computer program receiving the most votes and highest ranking from the judges (regardless of whether it passes the Turing Test by fooling 30 percent of them) is awarded the title of the Most Human Computer. It is this title that the research teams are all gunning for, the one with the cash prize (usually $3,000), the one with which most everyone involved in the contest is principally concerned. But there is also, intriguingly, another title, one given to the confederate who is most convincing: the Most Human Human award."
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In 1995, Charles Platt wrote in Wired
about his experience as a "confederate" in The Loebner Prize in Artificial Intelligence
, the much criticized
but highly publicized annual competition of computer programmers who attempt to pit their AI chatbots against a kind of human control group
, attempting to fool judges into thinking their programs are "more human" than the human participants. Platt reveals that by "being moody, irritable, and obnoxious" he is crowned "the Most Human Human," an award given to the participant most likely to be judged a person.
Brian Christian, author of the above excerpt
from a forthcoming book
, documents how he himself tries to win the same award. After much consideration, he settles on a slightly different tactic to convince others of his humanity: typing a lot.
Previously about the Loebner Prize (1
) and the Turing test