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Can a Computer Finally Pass the Turing Test?

Anonymous Coward writes | more than 4 years ago

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An anonymous reader writes ""Why not develop music in ways unknown...? If beauty is present, it is present." That's Emily Howell talking — a music-composing computer program written in Lisp by a Santa Cruz professor. Classical musicians refuse to perform Emily's musical compositions, and the professor says they believe "the creation of music is innately human, and somehow this computer program was a threat...to that unique human aspect of creation." But Emily raises a disturbing question. With the ability to write music even classical purists can't distinguish from the compositions of humans, have we already reached the moment where a computer can pass for human? (The article includes a sample of her music, plus her intriguing haiku-like responses to queries. "I am not sad. I am not happy. I am Emily... Life and un-life exist. We coexist.")"
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The Turing test is outdated.... (1)

hotrodent (1017236) | more than 4 years ago | (#31732130)

When a computer can understand why forum replies like "First post!!!!1" are so stupid, then they might have a chance at passing.

This ain't human-like (1)

amplt1337 (707922) | more than 4 years ago | (#31732946)

Neither of those citations sound like a normal person. They sound like either a computer or a whacked-out, pretentious art student. (The latter is probably also unable to pass the Turing Test).

Computerized machines can build a nice car, and they can probably write a technically adequate symphony, but that doesn't mean they can think. At the end of the day, we know they can't. Intelligence is an emergent property that derives in part from lived experience in corporeal form. It won't be replicated by any current methods of AI, with the possible exception of brain simulation (and we're WAY off on that one).

I would even go so far as to say that if a computer does pass the Turing test, it will be an invalidation of the Turing test, rather than successful invention of strong AI.

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