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The Turing Test Is Not A Trick: Turing Indistinguishability Is A Scientific Criterion

The Turing Test Is Not A Trick: Turing Indistinguishability Is A Scientific Criterion
The Turing Test Is Not A Trick: Turing Indistinguishability Is A Scientific Criterion
It is important to understand that the Turing Test (TT) is not, nor was it intended to be, a trick; how well one can fool someone is not a measure of scientific progress. The TT is an empirical criterion: It sets AI's empirical goal to be to generate human-scale performance capacity. This goal will be met when the candidate's performance is totally indistinguishable from a human's. Until then, the TT simply represents what it is that AI must endeavor eventually to accomplish scientifically.
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Harnad, Stevan
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Harnad, Stevan
442ee520-71a1-4283-8e01-106693487d8b

Harnad, Stevan (1992) The Turing Test Is Not A Trick: Turing Indistinguishability Is A Scientific Criterion. SIGART Bulletin, 3 (4), 9-10.

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It is important to understand that the Turing Test (TT) is not, nor was it intended to be, a trick; how well one can fool someone is not a measure of scientific progress. The TT is an empirical criterion: It sets AI's empirical goal to be to generate human-scale performance capacity. This goal will be met when the candidate's performance is totally indistinguishable from a human's. Until then, the TT simply represents what it is that AI must endeavor eventually to accomplish scientifically.

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Published date: October 1992
Additional Information: [Appears preceded by an Editorial on the Turing Test by Lewis Johnson, pp. 7 - 9, and followed by another commentary by Stuart Shapiro, p. 10]
Organisations: Web & Internet Science

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Local EPrints ID: 253373
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/253373
PURE UUID: c269e6c6-3b99-43fa-b3ef-c6425fce7ca4
ORCID for Stevan Harnad: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-6153-1129

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Date deposited: 26 May 2000
Last modified: 06 Jun 2018 13:05

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