Saturday, March 1, 2014

The Turing Test Asks the Wrong Question

The Turing Test, as I understand, asks if a computer program could ever fool a person in a blind exchange of statements and replies. I believe the answer is clearly "yes" such a program could exist. Even if the computer had much thinner context-less definitions for words, real communication might still be possible. But that is the wrong question.

Instead let's ask if a computer program, dressed as an android, could be here with me so as to fool me in every way as to it being such. If this includes my being able to mate with it, then as far as I am concerned it is a person not a robot, and I am not fooled. [I guess that is the point they are making in "Bladerunner".]

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