How the Fifth Amendment exposes a ‘serious’ flaw in the Turing Test

Tuesday 5 July 2016 Credit Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images The Turing Test is often used as a benchmark for artificial intelligence – but now, a research team claims to have found a “serious problem” with it. ADVERTISEMENT Kevin Warwick and Huma Shah, who work at Coventry University, claim that if a machine were to take the Fifth Amendment and remain silent throughout the test, it could “potentially pass the test and thus be regarded as a thinking entity”. This additionally means any silent entity could pass – even if it had no capacity for intelligent thought at all. The team used transcripts of machine-human communications in which machines remained silent – generally because of “a machine or communications failure rather than a decision on the part of a machine”.…


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