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Turing Test: Mindless Game?

Shah, H. and Warwick, K. (2008) Turing Test: Mindless Game? In: SSE Systems Engineering Conference 2008, 25-26 Sep 2008, The University of Reading. (Unpublished)

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The Turing Test, originally configured for a human to distinguish between an unseen man and unseen woman through a text-based conversational measure of gender, is the ultimate test for thinking. So conceived Alan Turing when he replaced the woman with a machine. His assertion, that once a machine deceived a human judge into believing that they were the human, then that machine should be attributed with intelligence. But is the Turing Test nothing more than a mindless game? We present results from recent Loebner Prizes, a platform for the Turing Test, and find that machines in the contest appear conversationally worse rather than better, from 2004 to 2006, showing a downward trend in highest scores awarded to them by human judges. Thus the machines are not thinking in the same way as a human intelligent entity would.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
ID Code:1067
Uncontrolled Keywords:Loebner Prize for Artificial Intelligence, Turing Test
Additional Information:This research was first presented at the European Conference on Computing and Philosophy, Enschede, June, 2007; and forms part of a chapter in Handbook of Research on Synthetic Emotions and Sociable Robotics: New Applications in Affective Computing and Artificial Intelligence. DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-354-8.ch017
Publisher:2007 European Conference on Computing and Philosophy

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