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Can robots 'think' like humans?

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Computers take the Turing Test in Reading to see if judges believe the machines are human during instant message conversations.

Scientist Alan Turing devised the experiment in the 1950s.

Judges having text conversations must guess whether they are talking to a human or computer.

If a computer is mistaken for a human more than 30% of the time it passes the test and can be assumed to have passed a significant milestone in artificial intelligence.

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