Goodbye, Turing Test; Bring on the Turing Decathlon – Facts So Romantic

A statue of Alan Turing by sculptor Stephen Kettle made entirely of pieces of slate. The statue depicts Turing working on an Enigma machine, which the Nazis used to encode messages, and is located at Bletchley Park, the British-government site where Turing and colleagues did their code-breaking. Photo by Richard Gillin via Flickr

How many researchers does it take to change a test of artificial intelligence?

Sixty-five years ago, famed mathematician and WWII code-breaker Alan Turing unveiled the “Imitation Game,” a playful scenario designed to test a computer’s ability to disguise itself as a human agent. The Imitation Game as Turing described it is like the classic game show To Tell The Truth, in which two people make an identical claim, like “I am a taxi driver in New York City,” and a human interviewer asks them questions to determine which of the pair is lying. In Turing’s version, one of the two interviewees is replaced by a computer.

In the years since, what Turing originally intended as a philosophical examination of whether machines can think has morphed in other people’s minds into the “Turing test,” shorthand for a nebulous threshold…
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