OK, so the Turing Test is fraught with problems. First and most annoying is the apparent fact, though I will not stick up for this fact if challenged, that whatever you think the Turing test is, it isn’t. See Wikipedia for more on this. Aside from that, though, it’s totally dumb.
The test, as most people conceive it, is to convince a normal person that they are communicating with a real human being when they are actually communicating with a computer. But the context of the test is all wrong by modern standards. In the original test this was done by passing fortune cookies back and forth, or something like that. In those days there was no Twitter, eMail, IM’ing etc. Wouldn’t it be more appropriate for the Turing test to be “A twitter account run entirely by AI gets over 10K followers and everybody thinks it’s real?”
Or, if a computer actually managed to post comments on 9 out of 10 computers it tries to post comments on, without getting tossed in the spam folder… unlike this one…
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… then carry on a conversation with anyone who responds… that could be a Turing test.
I’m pretty sure the only reason a computer has not yet passed the Turing Test (despite rumors to the contrary) is because no one is really trying. When IBM finally decided it would make a computer that could beat a chess master at his own game, they just went and made one. Took piles of effort and money, but I don’t think there was ever any doubt it could eventually be done. Surely, Big Blue or Big Somebody Else (I’m ogling you, Google) can make an AI implementation that could stand in for technical support and get away with it, or perform well in a presidential debate (starting with the GOP to make the task more achievable) or get a job as a radio talk show host.
But what would the test be exactly, a test that would not look silly in the modern world?
Place your answer below, and please try to make it look real.