Turing vs. Gnirut Test
Alrighty, we now have the following tests:
- Turing Test: Can a machine expose a behaviour which is indistinguishable from a human?
- inverse (reverse) Turing Test: Can a human prove that he/she is not a machine?
So what about the following spam:
Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2007 18:29:06 +0900 (JST)
From: "YOUR (ATM)SWIFT CREDIT CARD PAYMENT" <email@example.com>
Subject: YOUR (ATM) SWIFT CREDIT CARD PAYMENT IN NIGERIA 2007!!!
The Nigeria government Resolved that your Heritance/contract Fund
would be released on a special method of payment which tag SWIFT
CREDIT CARD.You are now charged to send your name,address,phone number
and next of kin and your occupation to claim your funds.
- YOUR (ATM)SWIFT CREDIT CARD PAYMENT
Normally you would expect spambots at least to be trying to behave as humanly as possible, albeit with a formal touch. Some spoofs can look quite plausible and can make it difficult even for the expert eye. But not really this one. Entertain yourself with the yahoo email addresses.
Which leads me to suggest the following additional tests:
- Gnirut Test: Can a machine prove that it is a machine?
- inverse Gnirut Test: Can a human prove that he/she is a machine (and not a human)?
This latter test could also be named the Bond University administrator test, but I just prefer the shorter name.