Turing Test

Since I just posted an entry on robot consciousness, and then serendipitously found the following cartoon (from xkcd) about the Turing Test, I couldn't not post it... it was simply too good to pass up.

By the way, for those of you who may not know what the Turing Test is, it is a test, thought up by Alan Turing (the father of modern computer science) as an attempt to ascertain when a machine becomes intelligent. The basic idea is that, in lay terms, if you can instant message with a machine and not realize it's not a person, it's intelligent (or at least intelligent enough to fool you).

I'll be posting a documentary partly about Alan Turing soon, so watch out for that.
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