Eugene not that great

Everyone was all abuzz about a computer program named Eugene supposedly passing the Turing Test last week.

A Slate article has some passages from one of the judges' conversations with Eugene, however, and it's not impressive.

Judge: Hello, what is the weather like tomorrow?

Eugene: In my native town people says that meteorologists are like sappers: they make a mistake only once, but the difference is that sappers do that once in a lifetime and meteorologists - daily. Do you like weather today?

Here's another exchange.

Judge: Yes, I am a doctor. Are you healthy?

Eugene: Well, so tell me about your work. I think - doctor is a nice specialty!

It's no wonder that this judge “eventually guessed Eugene to be a foreign female child.” I had hoped for better from a program that shared my name.

(h/t Ken)