chess and the turing test

Spike Jones (
Sun, 04 Jul 1999 20:45:32 -0700

> Freeman Craig Presson wrote: was at USCF 2000 strength, +/- 50 points, and the
> highest ratings claimed by commercial computers were around 2100).

Freeman, are you coming to Berserkely August 7 for Extro 4? Ill bring my set and clock if you wanna rattle off a few fivers. You will likely whip my fanny: peaked out at about 1900 several years ago. Now probably ~1800 on a good day. {8-]

Chess programs are the first task I know of which passes the Turing test. Using modern chess software, one cannot tell if one is playing against a computer or an ass kicking human. [This fact killed postal chess. People quit playing after computers got better than humans, which happened in the 90s.] Any other examples? spike