Turing Test Passed in Unreal Tournament 2004
This year marks the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Alan Turing who is considered the father of computer science. He envisioned computers eventually reaching the point that they would achieve consciousness and would then be indistinguishable from humans. Passing the Turing Test has been a goal for many researchers and now it has been achieved by two teams in the BotPrize test. The UT^2 game bot was developed at the University of Texas at Austin.
By programming some behaviors directly and allowing others to evolve, the bot was able to achieve a humanness rating of 52%, just two percent above the goal for the challenge. This is especially impressive as humans players in the same game only averaged a 40% rating. Getting the bot to this level required carefully determining what would be proper behaviors for it, as simply having it try to be the best player would lead to it achieving perfect aim. A dead shot is a dead giveaway for something inhuman as even the best players cannot always hit their targets.
The programming for this bot could potentially be used in actual games, to increase the realism, and possibly the lethality of the enemies. As 2K Games was a sponsor of the competition, I would speculate we will see these new bots sooner rather than later.