The Turing Test for Idiots

…and by “idiots”, I mean Omegle users.

If you aren’t familiar with it, Omegle is a website that will randomly pair you up with a stranger for a text-only IM conversation. It doesn’t generally attract the most sophisticated folks, although occasionally it does.

Cleverbot is an online chatterbot, which I was certain could never fool anybody in a Turing Test.

Cleverbot, meet Omegle.
Omegle, meet Cleverbot.

In this experiment, I copied the Stranger’s lines from Omegle into Cleverbot, then input the result back into Omegle. I started the Omegle conversation with “hi!” when the Stranger failed to initiate. Omegle wins whenever Cleverbot freaks out the Stranger enough to cause a disconnect. Cleverbot wins when the conversation reaches a natural ending. I will judge.

Round One!

You: hi!
Stranger: hıı
You: How are you?
Stranger: fine you
You: Fine too.
Stranger: m or f
You: M.
Your conversational partner has disconnected.

Point: Cleverbot!
The Stranger never suspected. Then again, there wasn’t much challenge…

Round Two!
You: hi!
Stranger: f?
You: Yes.
Stranger: age?
You: 41.
Stranger: cool
Stranger: m 24 here
You: You're a typing horse? I thought those were extinct!
Stranger: hahah what?
Stranger: sorry for taking too long
You: I'm laughing.
Stranger: :)
Stranger: so whats up?
You: Sorry for me being male.
You: A direction.
Your conversational partner has disconnected.

Point: Omegle!
Seriously, a typing horse? Not smooth. And the male thing? Not cool.

Round Three!
Stranger: hi
You: How are you?
Stranger: fine thax
Stranger: it seems to disconect so quick
You: Why are you taking so long?
Stranger: do u use it often
Stranger: right
You: Thats cool.
You: What are you foing.
Stranger: getting familiar with it reallu
Stranger: bore at home
You: Lol mine is staring at me waiting for some food.
You: Yes.
Stranger: a okey\
You: I answered your question.
Stranger: r u far from london\
You: Merry christmas, bot !
Stranger: it sound weird byw\
Stranger: sorry
You: Who is Major Tom?
Your conversational partner has disconnected.

I can’t honestly award this point to either side.
This was awful to watch.

Round Four!
Stranger: looking for a horny girl
Your conversational partner has disconnected.


Round Five!
Stranger: hi 18 m
You: What's your name?
Stranger: erik, urs?
You: Erik Ashford.
Your conversational partner has disconnected.

Point: Omegle!
While I admire the creativity of attempting to impersonate your conversational partner, I’m afraid Cleverbot blew it.

The average Omegle user is slightly less incoherent than a chatterbot, much to my surprise.
One conversation was omitted from this post; Cleverbot’s reply to the first line from the Stranger was random enough to trigger a disconnect, but the first line itself was too vulgar for print — in any publication. I’ll call it a tie, making the overall score 2-1-3 in favor of Omegle.


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