The threshold explored by the associated parlor game didn't have - and never has had - anything at all to do with "intelligence". The way in which "AI" is presented to the lay public in the popular press is exclusively a reflection of the journalist class's utter alienation from analytic apprehension of the physical world, as that apprehension is facilitated by scientific inquiry and mathematics. In the Internet bubble days I worked at two firms which sold products based on case-based reasoning (CBR) for an alternative AI system to find answers to questions.
The "story" that results is the false narrative created by the writer, who can only stare at what is plainly unintelligible to him or her and then represent that void by invoking notions they've acquired from fiction, sideshow and personal fantasy. As opposed to simple decision trees, CBR uses stored cases with associated questions organized into a "knowledge base." A presented case, e.g. Cleverbot: Human.___________ User: Why do you hate women?
In other news, the Telegraph is kind of the early version of You Tube, Salt is kind of the early version of the refrigerator, and Shoes are kind of the early version of the 747.
In 2006, Robert Epstein decided to turn to his computer for some help finding a date.
Indeed, we create a species-wide portrait that illustrates broadly the same ugliness we create individually when we mistreat animals, terrorize children and gaslight our spouses. Now, their pessimism may prove justified, but if history is any guide I wouldn't bet on it.
If you mirror back the best in people, they can thrive. I've been around people who have worked at the problem of Artificial Intelligence since the early 1970s, at John Mc Carthy's SAIL at Stanford University. And they should at least be willing to admit that their belief (that consciousness cannot be artificially manufactured) is completely non-rational.
If you mirror back chaos and imply a projected ugliness, you destroy all things: people, animals and bots. I've had a forty-year career in the engineering of computing and communication machinery. Even the most illustrious researchers and investigators in the history of this work can't as much as agree about what "natural" intelligence is, much less how to mimic it with logical engines. I think the failure to create conscious computers stems from our poor understanding of the nature of consciousness.
The "Loebner Prize" is also a ridiculous joke, a pantomime put on for gullible journalists. I don't for a minute think that the foreign "fake girls" operators are using AI or Clever Bot clones.
Oddly, when I'd respond, like say, "Funny, you claim there are riots in your city, but a search of local and international news turns up nothing. Cleverbot: I just don't pay attention to what you're saying. Robert Epstein saw a photo of an attractive woman, and, temporarily without a theory of mind, didn't investigate whether this seemed like a real person until later.