Turing test does not work in theory but in practice

Pertti Saariluoma, G.W.M. Rauterberg

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    The Turing test is considered one of the most important thought experiments in the history of AI. It is argued that the test shows how people think like computers, but is this actually true? In this paper, we discuss an entirely new perspective. Scientific languages have their foundational limitations, for example, in their power of expression. It is thus possible to discuss the limitations of formal concepts and theory languages. In order to represent real world phenomena in formal concepts, formal symbols must be given semantics and information contents; that is, they must be given an interpretation. They key argument is that it is not possible to express relevance in formal concepts only. Consequently, computational models can be valid in some specific interpretations, and the Turing test can therefore only work in specific tasks.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 17th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence, ICAI 2015, 27-30 July 2015, Las Vegas, Nevada
    EditorsH.R. Arabnia, D. de la Fuente, R. Dziegiel, E.B. Korezenko, P.M. LaMonica, R.A. Liuzzi, J.A. Olivas, T. Waskiewicz
    Place of Publications.l.
    PublisherCSREA Press
    Number of pages5
    ISBN (Print)1-60132-405-7, 1-60132-406-5
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    Event17th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence - Monte Carlo Resort, Las Vegas, United States
    Duration: 27 Jul 201530 Jul 2015


    Conference17th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence
    Abbreviated titleICAI 2015 - WORLDCOMP 2015
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CityLas Vegas


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