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Parsing the Turing Test

Philosophical and Methodological Issues in the Quest for the Thinking Computer

Epstein, Robert, Roberts, Gary, Beber, Grace (Eds.)

2009, XXIII, 517 p.

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  • Gives perhaps the most comprehensive analysis of The Turing Test - the ultimate benchmark of true artificial intelligence ever published
  • Features new contributions from 37 eminent scholars in computer science, psychology and philosophy, including Ray Kurzwell, Noam Chomsky, Paul Churchland, John R. Searle and Andrew Hodges
  • Includes running commentaries by Stevan Harnad, Kenneth Ford, Pat Hayes and others on Alan Turing's classic paper, "Computing Machinery and Intelligence"
  • Includes an introduction by eminent philosopher Daniel C. Dennett
  • Places special emphasis on methodological issues: programming challenges facing developers of true artificial intelligence, by Douglas B. Lenat, Michael L. Mauldin and other prominent programmers

Parsing the Turing Test is a landmark exploration of both the philosophical and methodological issues surrounding the search for true artificial intelligence. Will computers and robots ever think and communicate the way humans do? When a computer crosses the threshold into self-consciousness, will it immediately jump into the Internet and create a World Mind? Will intelligent computers someday recognize the rather doubtful intelligence of human beings? Distinguished psychologists, computer scientists, philosophers, and programmers from around the world debate these weighty issues – and, in effect, the future of the human race – in this important volume.

Foreword by Daniel C. Dennett.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Alan M. Turing - Parsing - artificial intelligence - communication - computers - human race - humans - intelligence - robot - robots

Related subjects » Artificial Intelligence - Computer Science - HCI - Linguistics - Philosophy

Table of contents 

Acknowledgements.- Foreword by Daniel Dennett.- Introduction.- About the Editors.- Part I. Setting the Stage. The Quest for the Thinking Computer. Alan Turing and the Turing Test. Computing Machinery and Intelligence. Commentary on Turing’s ‘Computing Machinery and Intelligence’.- Part II. The Ongoing Philosophical Debate. The Turing Test: Mapping and Navigating the Debate. If I Were Judge. Turing on the ‘Imitation Game’. On the Nature of Intelligence: Turing, Church, Von Neumann, And the Brain. Turing’s Test: A Philosophical and Historical Guide. The Turing Test: 55 Years Later. Doing Justice to the Imitation Game: A Farewell to Formalism.- Part III. The New Methodological Debates. How to Hold a Turing Test Contest. The Anatomy of A.L.I.C.E. The Social Embedding of Intelligence: Towards Producing a Machine That Could Pass the Turing Test. How My Program Passed the Turing Test. Building a Machine Smart Enough to Pass the Turing Test: Could We, Should We, Will We?. Mind as Space: Toward The Automatic Discovery of a Universal Human Semantic-Affective Hyperspace – A Possible Subcognitive Foundation of a Computer Program Able to Pass the Turing Test. Can People Think? Or Machines? A Unified Protocol for Turing Testing. The Turing Hub as a Standard for Turing Test Interfaces. Conversation Simulation and Sensible Surprises. A Computational Behaviorist Takes Turing’s Test. Bringing AI to Life: Putting Today’s Tools and Resources to Work. Laplace, Turing and the ‘Imitation Game’ Impossible Geometry: Randomness, Determinism and Programs in Turing’s Test. Going Under Cover: Passing as Human; Artificial Interest: A Step on the Road to AI. How Not to Imitate a Human Being: An Essay on Passing the Turing Test. Who Fools Whom? The Great Mystification, or Methodological Issues on Making Fools of Human Beings.- Part IV. Afterthoughts on Thinking Machines. A Wager on the Turing Test. The Gnirut Test. The Artilect Debate: Why Build Super-Human Machines, andWhy Not?. Name Index

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