At a cognitive architectures conference in New York last week, Alexei Samsonovich, a professor in the Cybernetics Department at the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute, proposed a multi-part test. It would involve a human and a machine interacting, but under the guise of avatars in a virtual world. The two sides play games involving teamwork, trust, betrayal and various methods of social communication. If the AI is emotionally adept, it would form a bond with the human, who might eventually choose the AI's wellbeing over their own. The test is inspired by the 1950-developed Turing test, which determines if a machine can successfully pass for human.