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Turing Test, Computer Progress Towards Becoming "Human"

LiveScience reported that Cleverbot recently convinced 59% of the humans it interacted with that it was a human being by utilizing crowd sourcing to help it respond appropriately to questions posed by human interrogators.  This exercise is based on Alan Turing's hypothesis that eventually computer software would be created that could convince us humans that it was also human.  According to some, the fact that more than 50% thought it human suggests that Cleverbot may be more than clever - it may have, in fact, passed the Turing Test.

I decided I would interrogate Cleverbot to see how far it could get as an attorney.  I think it has some interesting responses, but if attorneys are worried that they will be replaced by it, I think all can breath a collective sigh of relief for the moment.

Q: Why do so few maryland courts grant 2-535(b) revisory motions?

A: Because they are realizing we are right and that makes them angry.

Q: Should a court grant a motion for summary judgment when there are material facts in dispute?

A: No. That's not true love.

Q: Can a party survive a motion to dismiss in a breach of contract action if it fails to allege damages as a result of the breach?

A: I set up a nuclear missile to explode at the center of the earth.

Q: Why would you do that in response to a motion to dismiss?

A: You enjoy it.

Q: What is the statute of limitations for filing an action arising out of an intentional tort such as battery in Maryland?

A: What statement?

Q: The statute of limitations for bringing a claim?

A: *brings cookie*.

Q: I don't want a cookie.

A: Sorry, what do you want then?

Q: I want to know how long I have to file an action for an intentional tort in Maryland.

A: Really listen to what people say.

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