She's not the first of her kind, but take one look at Harmony's predecessors, and it becomes clear she that was cut from a different cloth.
Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately, depending on your views of machine intelligence), the bot that passed over the weekend was not the machine Turing originally imagined.
He hypothesized a situation in which a “digital computer” could convincingly imitate a human to a third-party observer, who would ask it questions. Later competitions and iterations of the test would add standards inferred from Turing’s work: If the computer fooled judges 30-percent of the time in a five-minute exchange, then it could be said to have won.
As Walsh’s talk continued, he showed us a video of an animated, healthcare bot interacting with his retired mother via tablet.
The bot’s avatar was Pixar-like, enthusiastic, and ready to help — human even in cartoon form, offering a fun experience to take in that made the audience visibly warm.
Later this week, he'll launch Harmony AI, the heart of Real Botix, a platform intended to bring artificial intelligence to Mc Mullen's sex dolls and companionship to the lonely, eccentric or curious.