Can Machines Think?

I’ve started delving into the world of artificial intelligence and of course I am starting by reading the classics. Here is a link to Alan Turing’s very famous work, Computing Machinery & Intelligence, a paper that many say catapulted artificial intelligence research.

What is the Turing Test?

The Turing test is a test of a machine’s ability to exhibit intelligent behaviour equivalent to, or indistinguishable from, that of a human. In the original illustrative example, a human judge engages in natural language conversations with a human and a machine designed to generate performance indistinguishable from that of a human being. All participants are separated from one another. If the judge cannot reliably tell the machine from the human, the machine is said to have passed the test. The test does not check the ability to give the correct answer to questions; it checks how closely the answer resembles typical human answers. The conversation is limited to a text-only channel such as a computer keyboard and screen so that the result is not dependent on the machine’s ability to render words into audio.

Read: Alan Turing’s “Computing Machinery & Intelligence”

Read: Stanford piece on the Turing Test

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30. April 2014 by Miguel Barbosa
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