NEC's VoIP spam detector turns Turing Test on its head

27 January 2007

A computer can pass the Turing Test if it can fool a human being - through its responses in a conversation - into thinking that it is human. NEC's VoIP spam detector claims to be using a computer to determine whether a caller is human or a machine. Quite an achievement!

This is especially so since, according to Wikipedia, no computer has yet passed the Turing Test, which was devised by computing genius Alan Turing in 1950.

NEC will debut its new SPIT (spam over Internet telephony) blocker, called VoIP SEAL, at the 3GSM congress in Barcelona in February. The company has given few details of its workings other than to say that it uses a three stage approach to detect and block SPIT calls.

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