Robot Passes Turing Test for First Time: Sustainability Indicator

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"I, Robot" with Will Smith and Sonny the Robot (2004),
Today's Sustainability Indicator: 33 percent.

That's how often a computer program was able to fool people into thinking it was human in blinded interviews. It's the
first time a computer has passed the so-called Turing test, a human-to-computer faceoff proposed 65 years ago that continues to feed nightmare visions of our future robot overlords.

Previous sustainability indicators:

  • 37%: anticipated growth of renewable energy installations in the next two years.
  • 20%: Bernstein estimate of solar power to be installed without subsidies in 2015.
  • 58%: Americans who think marijuana should be legal, in 2014.
  • 12%: pro-weed Americans in 1969.
  • 401.85 parts per million: carbon dioxide content in the atmosphere for May.
  • Zero: number of times that level has been reached in all of human existence.
  • <3%: planetary land use by cities.
  • 78%: human carbon emissions produced by cities.
  • 5.1 mpg: increased fuel economy for new U.S. cars since 2007.
  • 2.5 billion humans: world population in 1950
  • 9.6 billion humans: population estimate for 2050
  • 5 years: life expectancy lost to air pollution from coal in northern China.
  • 2.5 billion years: years lost to coal for 500 million Chinese north of the Huai River.

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