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April 17, 2014

turing tests

Turing tests III: The notion of NO intelligence

One commenter on the previous post raised an interesting point in identifying our financial markets as post-human, and those algorithms and agents as essentially opaque black box systems. And predicting that they would be the origin of artificial intelligence. First, I think that the origin of AI is an interesting question. If we believe that intelligence will emerge from a set of algorithms it seems important what algorithms they are, since all algorithms are under different selective pressures. We could imagine that algorithms selected for in financial markets are different than those selected for in turing tests, driving cars or …continue reading

Cleverbot and being somewhat human…or a unicorn

Cleverbot is an interesting project that just recently crossed my radarscreen. I like the online interface, and it has also brought an interesting instance of the Turing test to my attention. In this case it is rapid fire Turing tests, where the participants rate “how human” something is on a scale from 0-100 percent. Cleverbot, in one of its incarnations, got to 42.1% human. This highlights a weakness of the Turing test, I think. The notion that something can be somewhat human is clearly wrong, a misuse of the concept humanity. Or is it? Worrying examples from human history indicate …continue reading

Turing tests II: Wittgenstein and Voigt-Kampff

Could a machine think? — Could it be in pain? — Well is the human body to be called such a machine? It surely comes as close as possible to being such a machine. But a machine surely cannot think! — Is that an empirical statement? No. We only say of a human being and what is like on that it thinks. We also say it of dolls and no doubt of spirits too. Look at the word “to think” as a tool. Ludwig Wittgenstein Philosophical Investigations 359-360 Wittgenstein’s note comes to mind as I continue thinking about Turing tests. …continue reading