The Turing Test : What Does It Accomplish? Essay

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The Turing Test: What Does it Accomplish?
The growth of technology over the past several decades has brought about immense inquiry regarding the intelligence, awareness, and consciousness of computers and other forms of technology. From the Jetsons, and Star Wars, to iRobot and Westworld, society has been enthralled with the potentiality of computers possessing human-like qualities; or even having the ability to think on their own. Decades before the growth of technology and the development of computers we have today, a British mathematician, Alan Turing, proposed a test to “determine whether a computer can think or not” (Lawhead, 2011, p. 251). This test, later coined the Turing Test, involves a human judge who interacts with either a computer or a human-being through typing. For this test, the judge is unaware of whether he/she was interacting with a computer or a flesh-and-blood person. Turing believed that if a computer program could fool people into thinking they were communicating with a human being the majority of the time, this deception would be proof that the computer program was capable of thought (Lawhead, 2011). Moreover, Turing believed that if a computer’s responses could fulfill the criteria used to judge whether a human being is intelligent, then we must be committed to believing a computer is intelligent. I posit that the Turing Test is a good measure of a computer’s ability to think but I disagree with Turing’s conclusion that if a computer can…

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