Artificial Intelligence will rule Hollywood (intelligently) in 2015, with a slew of both iconic and new robots hitting the screen. From the Turing-bashing “Ex Machina” to old friends R2-D2 and C-3PO, and new enemies like the Avengers’ Ultron, sentient robots will demonstrate a number of human and superhuman traits on-screen. But real-life robots may be just as thrilling. In this five-part series Live Science looks at these made-for-the-movies advances in machine intelligence.

The Turing test, a foundational method of AI evaluation, shapes the plot of April’s sci-fi/psychological thriller “Ex Machina.” But real-life systems can already, in some sense, pass the test. In fact, some experts say AI advances have made the Turing test obsolete.

Devised by Alan Turing in 1950, the computing pioneer’s namesake test states that if, via text-mediated conversation, a machine can convince a person it is human, then that machine has intelligence. In “Ex Machina,” Hollywood’s latest mad scientist traps a young man with an AI robot, hoping the droid can convince the man she is human — thus passing the Turing test. Ultimately, the robot is intended to pass as a person within human society.

Some AI robots can already pass part of the Turing test, 3/26/15

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