Turing test considered mostly harmless

Daniel Berrar, Akihiko Konagaya, Alfons Schuster

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Abstract

Turing's landmark paper on computing machinery and intelligence is multifaceted and has an underemphasized ethical dimension. Turing's notion of "intelligence" and "thinking" was far more encompassing than the common anthropocentric view may suggest. We discuss a number of open and underrated problems that the common interpretation of the Turing test as a test of machine intelligence entails. We suggest that a more meaningful question than "Can machines think?" is whether modern computing machinery can amplify human intelligence. We cite examples ranging from traditional silicon-based environments to carbon-based, living organisms in order to illustrate that this kind of intelligence amplification is indeed happening today. We conclude that in its interpretation as a test of machine intelligence, the Turing test may indeed be harmful for artificial intelligence (AI); in its wider interpretation, however, it remains an inspiring source for philosophy and AI alike.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-263
Number of pages23
JournalNew Generation Computing
Volume31
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Oct
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Creativity
  • Imitation Game
  • Intelligence Amplification
  • Machine Intelligence
  • Turing Test

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Theoretical Computer Science

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Berrar, D., Konagaya, A., & Schuster, A. (2013). Turing test considered mostly harmless. New Generation Computing, 31(4), 241-263. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00354-013-0401-2