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Alan Mathison Turing in his paper Computing Machinery and Intelligence1 proposes thequestion Can machines think In considering this question Turing concludes that it lacksa concrete methodological goal and decides to replace the original question with theImitation Game The Turing test as the Turings Imitation Game is generally called isa procedure to test whether a machine is capable of humanlike thought Simply described aninterrogator sits with a teletype machine isolated from two correspondents one is anotherperson one is a computer By asking questions through the teletype machine and studying theresponses the isolated person tries to determine which correspondent A or B is human andwhich the computer If that proves impossible the computer is credited with having passedthe test2 Turings purpose in designing the test was to standardize a method fordetermining if machines can act in a human way Instead of asking a rhetorical question that can be answered in a myriad of ways Turing focused on an empirical criterion for judging the humanness of a machine This new criterion the Turing test compares the capabilities of humans and machines If a machine is indistinguishable from the human in all possible ways Turing suggested we must accord thought to this machine As Turing put it If a computer could not be distinguished from a human then fair play would oblige one to say that it is thinking3 To this day the Turing test is heralded as a criterion that must be surpassed before a machine can claim the attribute of human thought Keith Gunderson in his article The Imitation Game4 considers the soundness andimplications of Turings Imitation Game Gunderson takes Turings statements to mean thata machine that can play the Imitation Game can be ascribed with thought5 I do notbelieve that this is a statement that Turing would agree with completely Turing thoughtthat the question Can machines think was too imprecise His goal was to replace thequestion with a different question that was closely related The Imitation
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