Is the Turing Test the Last Word in Robot Intelligence? Don’t Count On It

Back in 1950, computer scientist, codebreaker, and war hero Alan Turing introduced the world to a very simple premise: If a robot can engage in a text-based conversation with a person and fool that person into believing it is human at least 30 percent of the time, surely we could agree that the robot is a “thinking” machine. Turing’s goal was to force people to think more creatively about computer interaction, but he inadvertently ended up creating the test of robot intelligence developers and commentator have relied on for years. But serious artificial intelligence thinkers aren’t focussed on confusing a long-dead genius a third of the time. They’re focused on more substantive metrics. Fundamentally, the problem with the Turing Test is that it’s poorly defined therefore facilitates hype (i.e. that…


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