Passing the Turing Test Does Not Mean the End of Humanity

Kevin Warwick, Huma Shah

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In this paper we look at the phenomenon that is the Turing test. We consider how Turing originally introduced his imitation game and discuss what this means in a practical scenario. Due to its popular appeal we also look into different representations of the test as indicated by numerous reviewers. The main emphasis here however is to consider what it actually means for a machine to pass the Turing test and what importance this has, if any. In particular does it mean that, as Turing put it, a machine can ‘think’. Specifically we consider claims that passing the Turing test means that machines will have achieved human-like intelligence and as a consequence the singularity will be upon us in the blink of an eye.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)409-419
Number of pages11
JournalCognitive Computation
Issue number3
Early online date28 Dec 2015
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016

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  • Deception Detection
  • Natural Language
  • Turing’s Imitation Game
  • Chatbots
  • Machine Misidentification


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