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The Profoundly Weird, Gender-Specific Roots of the Turing Test 136

malachiorion writes: Alan Turing never wrote about the Turing Test, that legendary measure of machine intelligence that researchers claimed to have passed last weekend. He proposed something much stranger — a contest between men and machines, to see who was better at pretending to be a woman. The details of the Imitation Game aren't secret, or even hard to find, and yet no one seems to reference it. This article explains why they should — in part because it's so odd, but also because it might be a better test for 'machines that think' than the chatbot-infested, seemingly useless Turing Test.
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The Profoundly Weird, Gender-Specific Roots of the Turing Test

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  • Re:Wow (Score:4, Funny)

    by Tablizer ( 95088 ) on Friday June 13, 2014 @12:56PM (#47231391) Journal

    Some vending machines have the best impressions of women: take your money for nothing in return and then pretend like nothing happened ;-)

  • IRC (Score:2, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 13, 2014 @01:00PM (#47231437)

    What a minute, isn't this what IRC was invented for? For guys to go in to sex channels and pretend to be women and for IRC bots to pretend to be women too? I though this was already a settled matter...

  • Re:Wow (Score:5, Funny)

    by gnick ( 1211984 ) on Friday June 13, 2014 @01:20PM (#47231639) Homepage

    I have one wife, one ex-wife, one mother, one step-mother, one sister, one step-daughter, and more non-immediate female relationships/acquaintances than I care to enumerate. ANYONE could fake a woman in a chat with me, because from experience, I have no idea what to expect.

The next person to mention spaghetti stacks to me is going to have his head knocked off. -- Bill Conrad