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Some implications of a sample of practical Turing tests

Warwick, K., Shah, H. and Moor, J. (2013) Some implications of a sample of practical Turing tests. Minds and Machines, 18 (4). ISSN 0924-6495

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A series of imitation games involving 3-participant (simultaneous comparison of two hidden entities) and 2-participant (direct interrogation of a hidden entity) were conducted at Bletchley Park on the 100th anniversary of Alan Turing’s birth: 23 June 2012. From the ongoing analysis of over 150 games involving (expert and non-expert, males and females, adults and child) judges, machines and hidden humans (foils for the machines), we present six particular conversations that took place between human judges and a hidden entity that produced unexpected results. From this sample we focus on features of Turing’s machine intelligence test that the mathematician/code breaker did not consider in his examination for machine thinking: the subjective nature of attributing intelligence to another mind.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:32254
Uncontrolled Keywords:Chatbots � Practical Turing tests � Imitation game � Intelligence � Philosophy of mind � Understanding � Nature of thought

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