What Makes A Machine Intelligent?

The annals of science fiction are packed with stories of intelligent machines, computers that achieve sentience and go forth to either assist or menace humankind. Modern computers are plenty smart, at certain tasks, but at what point can we truly call them intelligent? It all depends on how you define your terms. Julian Huguet tackles the big questions in today’s DNews report. The most famous assessment of artificial intelligence is the Turing Test, created by hero scientist Alan Turing all the way back in 1950. The gist: If a computer can converse with a human – in a text-based natural language conversion – and fool a judge into thinking it’s human for at least part of the time, it’s deemed intelligent. There’s quite a bit more to it all, and plenty of…


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