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Failure of Turing’s conjecture

from Asad Zaman

Note that this is a very POSITIVIST idea —
if the surface appearances match, that is all that matters.


I quote a passage from Pearl: The Book of Why, which provides a gentle introduction to the newly developed field (largely by him) of causal inference via path diagrams:

In 1950, Alan Turing asked what it would mean for a computer to think like a human. He suggested a practical test, which he called “the imitation game,” but every AI researcher since then has called it the “Turing test.” For all practical purposes, a computer could be called a thinking machine if an ordinary human, communicating with the computer by typewriter, could not tell whether he was talking with a human or a computer. Turing was very confident that this was within the realm of feasibility. “I believe that in about fifty years’ time . . . . read more

  1. Helge Nome
    February 13, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    The key here lies in the phrase “produce a program”. A “program” constitutes a very limited aspect of the human mind, let alone encompass it.

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