Anthropomorphism and AI: Turing's much misunderstood imitation game

Proudfoot, Diane (2011) Anthropomorphism and AI: Turing's much misunderstood imitation game. Artificial Intelligence, 175 5-6: 950-957. doi:10.1016/j.artint.2011.01.006


Author Proudfoot, Diane
Title Anthropomorphism and AI: Turing's much misunderstood imitation game
Journal name Artificial Intelligence   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0004-3702
1872-7921
Publication date 2011-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.artint.2011.01.006
Open Access Status
Volume 175
Issue 5-6
Start page 950
End page 957
Total pages 8
Place of publication Elsevier
Publisher Amsterdam, Netherlands
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The widespread tendency, even within AI, to anthropomorphize machines makes it easier to convince us of their intelligence. How can any putative demonstration of intelligence in machines be trusted if the AI researcher readily succumbs to make-believe? This is (what I shall call) the forensic problem of anthropomorphism. I argue that the Turing test provides a solution. This paper illustrates the phenomenon of misplaced anthropomorphism and presents a new perspective on Turingʼs imitation game. It also examines the role of the Turing test in relation to the current dispute between human-level AI and ‘mindless intelligence’.
Keyword Turing test
Anthropomorphism
Human-level AI
Mindless intelligence
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
 
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