Turing's Imitation Game: Conversations with the Unknown

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Can you tell the difference between talking to a human and talking to a machine? Or, is it possible to create a machine which is able to converse like a human? In fact, what is it that even makes us human? Turing's Imitation Game, commonly known as the Turing Test, is fundamental to the science of artificial intelligence. Involving an interrogator conversing with hidden identities, both human and machine, the test strikes at the heart of any questions about the capacity of machines to behave as humans. While this subject area has shifted dramatically in the last few years, this book offers an up-to-date assessment of Turing's Imitation Game, its history, context and implications, all illustrated with practical Turing tests. The contemporary relevance of this topic and the strong emphasis on example transcripts makes this book an ideal companion for undergraduate courses in artificial intelligence, engineering or computer science.

Contains numerous transcripts of 'conversations' between people and the programs designed to emulate them
Readers have the chance to try it for themselves - can you tell which is human and which is machine?
Includes a brief introduction to the field of artificial intelligence, with no mathematical background required
Original languageEnglish
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages202
ISBN (Electronic)9781316984079
ISBN (Print)9781107056381
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2016


  • Turing test
  • Artificial Intelligence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Psychology(all)

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    EEMA's 30th Annual Conference

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    5 Jul 2017

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    The Turing test: why it is relevant today

    Huma Shah (Invited speaker)
    14 Nov 2016

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    Human or Machine?

    Shah, H. & Warwick, K., Apr 2015, In : Communications of the ACM. 58, 4, p. 8-9 2 p.

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