Turing test


: a test to establish the existence of artificial intelligence in which questions from an interrogator are answered by an unseen person and computer with the understanding that if the interrogator is unable to correctly identify which responder is human the computer has demonstrated thinking ability comparable to a human's
The Turing test pits an interrogator against another human and a computer. Able to communicate with each via keyboard and printer only, the interrogator tries to determine which is which. If he can, the computer is not considered intelligent.Phil Lopiccola

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Recent Examples on the Web In fact, since the earliest days of electronic computing and the Turing test, AI has been part of the conceptual discourse. David Rothschild, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2024 Enlarge / Instructions for the Turing test AI evaluation game from Jones and Bergen, 2023. Benj Edwards, Ars Technica, 1 Dec. 2023 Does this mean the Turing test is a thing of the past? IEEE Spectrum, 30 Nov. 2023 Lerer joked that in modern-day online Diplomacy, even human players wouldn’t pass the Turing test. WIRED, 26 Sep. 2023 Scrolling through product reviews already feels like the world’s most annoying Turing test. Christopher Beam, WIRED, 14 Sep. 2023 The long acronym — standing for Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart — started out as a distorted series of letters and numbers that users had to transcribe to prove their humanity. Eric Lagatta, USA TODAY, 18 Aug. 2023 There was a time in the not too distant past—say, nine months ago—when the Turing test seemed like a pretty stringent detector of machine intelligence. WIRED, 10 Aug. 2023 More recently, in 2014, a computer program named Eugene Goodman, which simulates a teenage Ukrainian boy, was found to pass the Turing test as did Google's LaMDA in 2022. Mary Kekatos, ABC News, 21 July 2023

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Word History


Alan Turing (1912–1954), British mathematician who proposed the test

First Known Use

1956, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Turing test was in 1956

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“Turing test.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Turing%20test. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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