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Golden Gate University

July 01, 2014 10:55 ET

Computer Dupes Humans -- Golden Gate University Professor Part of First Team to Pass Turing Test

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Jul 1, 2014) - Golden Gate University (GGU) Adjunct Professor John Denning, MHA, was part of the first team to pass the 65 year old Turing Test, organized by the University of Reading, England. Judges at the Royal Society in London believed they spent a five minute keyboard conversation with a 13 year old boy, when actually it was a computer program. Thirty three percent of the people involved in the conversation mistook the computer for a human, passing the test based on 'the father of modern computer science' Alan Turing's question, "Can Machines Think?"

Thirteen year old "Eugene Goostman" was created in the United States, Russia and Ukraine. Denning said part of "Eugene's" success was that even though the 'conversation' took place in English, the program's conversation style was written in part by non-native English speakers who needed to analyze the language and recognize its nuances. "We're now working on making Eugene smarter and improving his 'conversation logic,'" said Denning.

British mathematician Alan Turing was instrumental in cracking Germany's Enigma code during World War II, which Prime Minister Winston Churchill credited with winning the war.

Professor Denning has been teaching Budgeting, Finance and Innovations in Healthcare IT for the MS in IT Management program at GGU's Edward S. Ageno School of Business since 2010. Denning is an entrepreneur focused on solving complex problems in healthcare using artificial intelligence. To read more about Denning's current company and to experience an enhanced version of "Eugene" visit,

The Master of Science in Information Technology Management (MS/ITM) program was designed by faculty with experience in leading-edge technologies to develop professionals who will manage across IT management field. For more information about the degree, click here.

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