The Turing Test Is Not A Trick: Turing Indistinguishability Is A Scientific Criterion

Harnad, Stevan (1992) The Turing Test Is Not A Trick: Turing Indistinguishability Is A Scientific Criterion. [Journal (Paginated)]

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It is important to understand that the Turing Test (TT) is not, nor was it intended to be, a trick; how well one can fool someone is not a measure of scientific progress. The TT is an empirical criterion: It sets AI's empirical goal to be to generate human-scale performance capacity. This goal will be met when the candidate's performance is totally indistinguishable from a human's. Until then, the TT simply represents what it is that AI must endeavor eventually to accomplish scientifically.

Item Type:Journal (Paginated)
Keywords:computation, cognition, Turing Test, symbol grounding, consciousness, artificial intelligence, other minds problem, robotics
Subjects:Computer Science > Artificial Intelligence
Philosophy > Philosophy of Mind
ID Code:1584
Deposited By:Harnad, Stevan
Deposited On:18 Jun 2001
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:54

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