Man vs. machine

WHAT SHOULD be the stuff of science fiction is actually becoming more of a reality as computers trick people into thinking they are chatting with a human and not a machine.

In an annual competition held at Reading University in the UK, five computer programmes masqueraded as humans via chat rooms with one of the computers managing to fool three of the 12 judges and gaining the coveted bronze award.

Although the performance of Elbot, designed by Fred Roberts, was very convincing, it doesn´t look like robots will be taking over the world just yet.