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The Turing Test was designed by a man named Alan Turing in 1950 It was initially called the imitation game Originally the test was designed to differentiate between males and females It was played with three peoplea man a woman and an interrogator The interrogator would go into a separate room and try to determine who was the man and who was a woman by asking various questions such as How long is your hair or Do you have an Adams apple Based on the answers to the participants replies the interrogator would decide who was the man and who was the woman Often times this wasnt easy since the participants would be allowed to lie in order to try to throw the interrogator off Turing went a step further with the imitation game idea by incorporating computers into it He believed that in approximately fifty years todays time computers would be programmed to acquire abilities rivaling those of human intelligence As part of his argument Turing put forth the proposal in which a human being and a computer would be interrogated through textual messages by an interrogator who didnt know which was which Ideally if the interrogator were unable to distinguish them by questioning then it would be unfair not to call the computer intelligent Passing this test was considered regularly and reliably fooling an interrogator at least 50 of the timeTuring and Godwin both believed that anything that could pass the Turing Test was genuinely a thinking intelligent being In particular they felt that passing the test illustrated that the computer had the ability to interact with humans by sensibly talking about topics that humans talked about Also passing the test according to Godwin reflected that the computer was able to understand how humans thought and interactedDespite Turing and Godwins obstinate belief that computers could think many believed that this was not the case In the book Can Animals and Machines Be Persons
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