Alan Turing Blog Post 1
Artificial Intelligence and The Turing Test Blog Post 3
For my final blog post installment I will continue exploring Alan Turing and his ideas, namely his thoughts on Artificial Intelligence. Turing believed that not only was AI possible, but some machines could already be capable of exhibiting it. He devised a test that would reveal if a machine was capable of convincing another person that it was human. It has been called the Turing Test.
The way the Turing Test works is you have a computer and an actual person answer questions textually asked by another person. The idea is that if the person asking the questions cannot differentiate machine from man, the computer passes. I feel that many machines nowadays are capable of passing this test. This means that they exhibit Artificial Intelligence to an extent. But what is the limits of a machine's intellectual capabilities? Could Turing have foreseen the advancements in technology in just the last 50-60 years?
|Tesla Motor Company's vision of self-driving car.|
Will there be a point of no return when it comes to society trying to make smarter and smarter machines? Many movies have explored this issue by choosing a futuristic setting in which the person-machine dynamic has switched. Machines rule the world, and it seems impossible for people to make it back to what we have always thought was our rightful place at the top of the food chain. Could this happen? Machines are programmed to never make mistakes, something that even the most diligent person could never hope to achieve. I don't know if Turing ever thought this deep into the idea of Artificial Intelligence, but it seems like mankind is marching at an unstoppable pace towards the answer as to just how smart machines can become.
Personally, I believe it is the inevitable evolution of our species, and we should embrace the advancements of technology. I feel that technology can be the key that opens all the answers that our species has been asking since the beginning of history. It has already allowed us to leave our planet, the place where all history and everyone whom we've ever known to have existed lived. If that means that machines become more than just a development of man, possibly even turn into a new form of life, the answers and opportunities will be worth it.
|Image of Earth taken from Cassini spacecraft near Saturn.|