RPP w5 T3 – Thoughts + Work: Turing

Turing test research workings

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Research Overview / Conclusion

The Turing Test is an ideological concept from Alan Turing, the Enigma code war-hero (Curtis, 2017), that is popularly used to ‘validate’ a computational mechanism’s ability to indistinguishably resemble human activity.

Contrary to common misconception, it was not originally intended to be used as titling for head-to-head human-v-CPU competition without judging. Instead, the Turing test was originated from an ‘imitation game’ (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2017), for parties, that used a judge to guess the sexes of two hidden messengers.

The standard interpretation of the Turing Test today, however, replaces one of the participants with a machine(Geere, 2017).

The test is internationally used as the de-facto benchmark test, with applications of it ranging from supercomputer AI systems and modest chatbots (BBC News, 2017) to artificial biological cells (ScienceDaily, 2017).

However, it has many critics and “has been lauded for its simplicity(Geere, 2017) with clear inadequacies in its application. Its simplicity provokes the eager adoption, while providing the basis for its criticisms.

Possibly inferring an expanded definition of the concept, “It’s nonsense,” Prof Stevan Harnad told the Guardian newspaper. “We have not passed the Turing test. We are not even close.” (BBC News, 2017).

Summarised References

A Ukrainian chatbot AI passes the test.

BBC News. (2017). Computer AI passes Turing test in ‘world first’ – BBC News. [online] Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-27762088 [Accessed 2 Mar. 2017].

About the inadequacy of the Turing test.

Curtis, S. (2017). Why the Turing test is obsolete. [online] Telegraph.co.uk. Available at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/11310780/Why-the-Turing-test-is-obsolete.html [Accessed 2 Mar. 2017].

What is the Turing test? Describes the criteria of a Turing test-beating AI as being capable of original thought.

Encyclopedia Britannica. (2017). Turing test | artificial intelligence. [online] Available at: https://www.britannica.com/technology/Turing-test [Accessed 2 Mar. 2017].

How to pass the ‘imitation game’ Turing test, detailing issues with AI that need to be solved in order to beat the Turing test.

Geere, D. (2017). The Turing test, and how to pass it. [online] WIRED UK. Available at: http://www.wired.co.uk/article/turing-test [Accessed 2 Mar. 2017].

Detailing Turing test-beating artificial cells.

ScienceDaily. (2017). Passing the chemical Turing test: Making artificial and real cells talk. [online] Available at: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170125092125.htm [Accessed 2 Mar. 2017]


The presentation could have gone better, with a shockingly weak member who was watching videos during the hour’s group research time and visibly did no research. He gave a damaging introduction for the team but inspirationally spoke with confidence.

Nevertheless, I felt that I did lots of reading into the topic and mentioned quite a few points. I worked oddly fast, building the slides with half an hour to spare. My flow, substantiated by references, went from a summary of the idea and its history to one of its ‘CPU-winners’ and related criticisms.

The lead-in to my slide (Criticisms) was a quote from one of the CPU-winner’s creators that denounced the test. I hope the sequential dialog was noticed. If I would have had more than an hour to prepare, I would have planned for more, made everything better and weaved all of the references into my speech. I’m still unclear on this RPP modules aims and deadlines – that will soon be remedied. Research and professional practice…



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