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Wed, 11th Jun 2014

The Turing Test

Alan Turing monument  (c) Richard Gillin

This week a computer program reportedly passed the ‘Turing test’ for the first time, tricking people into believing it is human. This was part of a competition run by Reading University to commemorate the 60th anniversary of death of the test’s creator: Alan Turing. Here is your Quick Fire Science on the Turing test...

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  • The Turing Test

    This week a computer reportedly passed the ‘Turing test’. But what does this actually mean for artificial intelligence?



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You could have an intelligent machine that fails to pass the Turing Test despite being more intelligent than a human because it does not attempt to hide its superior intelligence. The ideal test to detect when a machine reaches or surpasses a human level of intelligence should not rule such a machine (one which does not hide its intelligence) to have fallen short, so the Turing Test is clearly not ideal. David Cooper, Fri, 20th Jun 2014

The Turing test is simply a test of whether a computer can adequately simulate a human - a remarkably difficult task becaise like all other animals, we are very adept at recognising our own species and detecting aliens.  Intelligence is something quite different: call it constructive laziness or the ability to surprise your interlocutor, and it's quite likely that most well-programmed PCs are more intelligent than most humans. alancalverd, Fri, 20th Jun 2014

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