Computers, Information Technology, the Internet, Ethics, Society and Human Values
Philip Pecorino, Ph.D.
Queensborough Community College, CUNY
Chapter 13 Artificial Intelligence and Being Human
THE TURING TEST
Alan Turing was the Philosopher and Mathematician who thought of the Test which is named after him. Turing held that computers would in time be programmed to acquire abilities rivaling human intelligence. As part of his argument Turing put forward the idea of an 'imitation game', in which a human being and a computer would be interrogated under conditions where the interrogator would not know which was which, the communication being entirely by textual messages. Turing argued that if the interrogator could not distinguish them by questioning, then it would be unreasonable not to call the computer intelligent. Turing's 'imitation game' is now usually called 'the Turing test' for intelligence.
Prizes have been offered for the programs that best simulate human conversation and have AI. http://www.loebner.net/Prizef/loebner-prize.html
You are invited to participate in a simple form of the Turing Test by going to this site to interact with some of the Chat Bots including award winning programs.
with any of these
chat bots (List from
Alan Turing HOMEPAGE: Website http://www.turing.org.uk/turing/
Artificial Intelligence Organizations
THE TURING TEST IS NOT A TRICK: TURING INDISTINGUISHABILITY IS A SCIENTIFIC CRITERION by Stevan HarnadArtificial Intelligence Information This page contains a directory of AI organisations and associations around the world. It is maintained by Amruth N. Kumar (firstname.lastname@example.org).
History of Artificial Intelligence and much more!! http://www.aaai.org/AITopics/bbhist.html
Computing, Machinery, and Intelligence. Alan Turing's classic essay.
Turing Test: 50 Years Later by Ayse Pinar Saygin, Ilyas
Cicekli, Varol Akman in
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