The Turing Test has since the 1950’s been regarded as one of the quintessential milestones in computer science by supposedly providing the ideal test-case where computer intelligence can equal human intelligence. In a recent report by the Telegraph, it is claimed that the Turing Test has finally been passed, where a computer program seemingly exhibited intelligent behaviour by convincing a panel of judges that it was a human being. Although the test it self has been highly influential in the field of AI, it has also received much criticism. IIIM’s managing director, Dr. Kristinn R. Thórisson was interviewed on the Icelandic radio show “Síðdegisútvarpið”, where he discussed the reports, as well as commented on developments within the field of AI. You can listen to the interview here (in Icelandic)
Pioneering British scientist Alan Turing’s 100th birthday is celebrated this year, prompting Peter Spinks to question if machines could soon pass the Turing test. If passed, this test represents the ultimate achievement in computer science: a computer which thinks like a human. IIIM’s Managing Director Dr. Kristinn R. Thorisson is positive that faster, more powerful computers will lead to computers that “think”. To read more click on theage.com.au.
This year the Icelandic Centre of Excellence in Theoretical Computer Science celebrates the life and work of Alan Turing with a series of dedicated talks. The Turing Year Events at Reykjavik University are organized in collaboration with the School of Computer Science at Reykjavik University, the Icelandic Mathematical Society, CADIA and The Icelandic Institute for Intelligent Machines.
Of note is the joint talk on April 12th by Yngvi Björnsson on Alan Turing’s contributions to AI. The talk will be followed by a critique of the Turing Test by Kristinn R. Thórisson, followed by a question/answer session.
The news bulletin for the event follows in this post, including the schedule and description of talks. For slides, data and other related content, please see the Event’s Website.
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