Perhaps, however, we’re closer than we think to “true” AI. After the Wright Brothers’s aeroplane lifted off in 1903, sceptics continued to debate whether we were “really” flying – an argument that simply faded away. It may be like that with AI. As [Pat] Hayes argues, “You could argue we’ve already passed the Turing test”. If someone from 1950 could talk to Siri, he says, they’d think they were talking to a human being. “There’s no way they could imagine it was a machine – because no machine could do anything like that in 1950. So I think we’ve passed the Turing test, but we don’t know it.”I sort of like this idea, but I don't buy it. The Turing test has enough problems without adding the requirement that we try to think as if we were in the 1950s. And if no machine has ever fooled people for as little as 100 seconds (or a bit less even) then we seem quite far from passing the Turing test in fact. Not that we haven't made progress, of course.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
"We've passed the Turing test, but we don't know it"
This is interesting. Apparently a machine almost passed the Turing test this year, which involves fooling people into thinking a machine is human 30% of the time for 5 minutes. Here's the final paragraph:
Posted by Duncan Richter at 8:33 AM