Failing The Turing Test


text based gameA copy-paste of my chat with Delta Airlines

It went on like that for a while, while I tried to handle my frustration by imagining the conversation as a moment in text-based Adventure, trying endless variations on Open door and Turn Key and Put Key In Lock because I knew there would be something great on the other side.  Eventually, I would be able to use these airline credits for free flights on a free flight, right? That’s what’s behind this door, if I can just find the way to get is open.

I thought about that old chat-game Eliza, that would parse text entries, and seize on one word, and then make a sentence using that word. It was pretty exciting at the time, and brought to mind the science-fiction possibility of someday having artificial intelligence completely indistinguishable from a real human being!  I don’t think the intention was customer service failing a Turing test, though.

well you askedWell, you asked.

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3 Responses to Failing The Turing Test

  1. Jennette says:

    I am not surprised at all that this happened on the Delta web site. Last year I was trying to reset my password and they wanted me to answer my security questions, only they sent me to a form that didn’t have any questions, just fields for the answers.

  2. Jennette says:

    I just tracked down the screenshot. They evidently did ask me one question, just not the second one:

    • Meg Stivison says:

      Haha! Well, clearly only people who remember 2 security questions AND answers get to change their passwords.

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