The Future of Human-machine communication: The Turing test

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The Turing test is regarded as the ultimate milestone for machine communication abilities. It involves distinguishing between a human and a computer in their responses to unrestricted questions. Here we investigate the nature of the
communications, including behaviors and interaction in real Turing test scenarios to assess the state of play. In particular we consider the effects of lying, misunderstanding, humor, and lack of knowledge, giving actual examples of each. We look at specific cases of machines performing well and consider transcripts taken from the 2014 Royal Society experiment when a machine first passed the Turing test.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Next Step
Subtitle of host publicationExponential Life
Place of PublicationMadrid, Spain
PublisherBBVA Open Mind
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)978-84-16714-45-2
Publication statusPublished - 3 Feb 2017


  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Turing test
  • Robotics
  • Communication
  • Human-machine interaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)


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