Sunday, April 22, 2012

Turing Test and Advances in Information Technology
This article I chose starts by stating that new advances in information technology may help produce a machine that can pass the “Turing Test.” The increasingly expanding catalogs of raw information and the ability to collect, organize, and process the information is growing all the time. The Turing Test requires a machine that can pass as a human. ‘Robert French, a cognitive scientist at the French National Center for Scientific Research: “Suppose, for a moment, that all the words you have ever spoken, heard, written, or read, as well as all the visual scenes and all the sounds you have ever experienced, were recorded and accessible, along with similar data for hundreds of thousands, even millions, of other people. Ultimately, tactile, and olfactory sensors could also be added to complete this record of sensory experience over time,” wrote French in Science, with a nod to MIT researcher Deb Roy’s recordings of 200,000 hours of his infant son’s waking development.
He continued, “Assume also that the software exists to catalog, analyze, correlate, and cross-link everything in this sea of data. These data and the capacity to analyze them appropriately could allow a machine to answer heretofore computer-unanswerable questions” and even pass a Turing test.’
A machine however cannot have the human qualities of curiosity, motivation, drive, or feel emotion. ‘Artificial intelligence expert Satinder Singh of the University of Michigan was cautiously optimistic about the prospects offered by data. “Are large volumes of data going to be the source of building a flexibly competent intelligence? Maybe they will be,” he said.
“But all kinds of questions that haven’t been studied much become important at this point. What is useful to remember? What is useful to predict? If you put a kid in a room, and let him wander without any task, why does he do what he does?” Singh continued. “All these sorts of questions become really interesting.’

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