- Series: MIT Press
- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: A Bradford Book (June 18, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0262692937
- ISBN-13: 978-0262692939
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,473,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Turing Test: Verbal Behavior as the Hallmark of Intelligence (MIT Press)
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...a fabulous collection of essays that address the much-debated Turing Test as a criterion for intelligence and discusses the future possibilities of artificial intelligence (AI) in society.(Biology Digest)
About the Author
Stuart Shieber is Harvard College Professor and James O. Welch, Jr. and Virginia B. Welch Professor of Computer Science, Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences, at Harvard University.
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This book gives a good overview of the history of the Turing test, includes three of the original papers of Turing, and also gives what the editor of the book calls "precursors" to the subject. As examples of the latter, he includes some writings of the philosopher Rene Descartes and Julien Mettrie. Many other papers are included, some of these written by well-known philosophers and researchers in artificial intelligence, and the editor includes commentary on some of these papers at various places in the book. Most, if not all, of the discussion in this book is purely philosophical, and therefore does not assist those who are genuinely interested in building intelligent machines. The book therefore will be useless to the collection of researchers engaged in the design and construction of intelligent machines. It will however be very interesting to philosophers, who are not troubled by the gigantic conceptual spaces that are constructed by the deliberations over the Turing test, and they will be able to find ample opportunity to indulge themselves in the proliferation of thought experiments and "impossibility proofs" that always accompany philosophical discussion of machine intelligence.