Quote of the Day: Teenager (almost) passes for human

The Turing test was first proposed by Alan Turing in 1950, and luckily our understanding of computing, artificial intelligence, psychology and human communication has remained unaltered since then, so it’s just as valid as ever.

Dean Burnett

In other news, George Dvorsky explains why Why The Turing Test Is Bullshit and The Register has a handy overview of Kevin Warwick’s life in publicity stunts.

2 thoughts on “Quote of the Day: Teenager (almost) passes for human

  1. Fantastic quote. 😀

    This whole discussion of AI etc reminded me of Joseph Weizenbaum’s description of reactions to his chatbot Eliza. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_Power_and_Human_Reason
    I picked up that book in a store in the early 80s, and without knowing one bit about computers, and never having even used one, was really fascinated. He also wrote a bit about Turing machines, which I did not understand anything of, iirc 🙂

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  2. Artificial intelligence is certainly an interesting subject, and one that is rapidly developing. I think this is why I liked the quote so much – it really does capture just how silly it is to get over literal about a thought experiment devised when AI wasn’t even a subject.

    I followed your link to Computer Power and Human Reason and noticed that there was a film, Plug & Pray, about Joseph Weizenbaum released in 2010. It sounds interesting – I shall have to try and see it sometime soon.

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