DailyDirt: Alternatives To The Turing Test

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  • identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 7 Apr 2015 @ 7:15pm

    The Politician Turing Test

    is a lot easier to pass.

    A chatbot could beat most politicians in an online debate.

    Perhaps chatbots wouldn't cost as much to elect?

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    Anonymous Coward, 7 Apr 2015 @ 7:19pm

    "The tortoise lays on its back, its belly baking in the hot sun, beating its legs trying to turn itself over"

    But they don't beat their legs to turn over, they use their long necks to push off the ground with.

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    JimG, 8 Apr 2015 @ 10:51am

    >maybe we should try to figure out what human intelligence is
    >before we devise a test for non-humans.

    Good luck with that one. On the surface that seems to make sense, but it’s kind of like saying “maybe we should figure out what God is before we decide how to be a good person.”

    The whole point of the Turing test is that since we have historically failed in defining things like “thinking” or “intelligence” we replace these unclear definitionsJim with something that is “expressed in relatively unambiguous words.” Turing suggested a better question is "Are there imaginable digital computers which would do well in the imitation game?”

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