InformationWeek's Geekend: It's Time To Replace The Turing Test

Acting human and being intelligent are not the same thing. This week, Geekend author David Wagner offers up options for testing Artificial Intelligence.

Nov 21, 2014

NEW YORK, Nov. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Turing Test is perhaps the most famous test of artificial intelligence. But it was conceived in the 1950s, when computers still used vacuum tubes and the ballpoint pen was still a relative novelty.

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This week, InformationWeek's Geekend author David Wagner asks us to consider what Artificial Intelligence (AI) really means – and how we can truly test the "intelligence" of computers. The answer, it seems, can be found in some of our favorite films, and Wagner offers a rundown of the best options to replace the Turing Test.

Each week, Wagner and his Geekend column look at how the worlds of science and technology are colliding, and what the latest research tells us about business, and how people seek answers to their unique problems.

"Intelligence to me means being able to adapt to a demand your intelligence hasn't been pre-programmed to do," writes Wagner. "If your joke-writing program can be asked to switch to writing poems, that's intelligence. Anything else is really neat but specialized." Please join Wagner and the conversation at InformationWeek to see if if you – or your AI program – can pass these intelligence tests. 

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