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The Transsexual Turing Test

Posted 29 Jun 2005 at 22:20 UTC by steve Share This

A Wired article describes Alan Turing's little known alternative test for machine intelligence. Unlike the commonly known "Standard Turing Test" in which robots and machines talk to judges who try to guess which is human, his original paper also proposed an imitation game in which machines and human males both pretend to be human females. Students at Simon's Rock College of Bard decided to try out the gender bending test for real. They discovered that the human didn't do so well against machines when the playing field was leveled and both had to pretend to be something they're not (in a Standard Turning Test only the machine has to pretend to be something it's not). For more details the ALICE site has an article on the event which also includes some photos. There is also a press release on the Simon's Rock College site.

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