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The imitation of intelligence in isolation from other human attributes seems to be the main point in Alan Turings Computer Machinery and Intelligence where he considers the question Can machines think Using his imitation game I agree that Turing successfully addresses both this question and clarifies intelligence as separate from humanity Alan Turings Imitation Game is a question and answer style quiz with three participants There is one interrogator and two players that answer the interrogators questions In the first example given the aim of the game is for the interrogator to be able to successfully conclude which of the players is a man and which is a woman having being given no more information than the typed answers to the questions Specimen questions and answers are given Q Please write me a sonnet on the subject of the Forth Bridge A Count me out on this one I never could write poetry Q Add 34957 to 70764 A Pause about 30 seconds and then give as answer 1056211 The interrogator addresses the players as X and Y The challenging element to the experiment is that the man will be trying to convince the interrogator that he is in fact the woman Turings motivation for creating the Imitation Game was not in line with gender issues so to answer the question Can machines think the man given as A is substituted for a machine2 The type of machine used is limited to a digital computer This is by no means a limitation as foreseen by Turing that in about fifty years time one will be able to speak of machines thinking without expecting to be contradicted3 Speaking of machines thinking is one thing but a computer passing Turings imitation game now known as The Loebner Prize4 is another presently unaccomplished feat In summary of Turings case for machines thinking I accept
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