Rethinking Turing's test

Proudfoot, Diane (2013) Rethinking Turing's test. Journal of Philosophy, 110 7: 391-411.

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Author Proudfoot, Diane
Title Rethinking Turing's test
Journal name Journal of Philosophy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-362X
Publication date 2013-07-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 110
Issue 7
Start page 391
End page 411
Total pages 21
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Journal of Philosophy
Language eng
Formatted abstract
In the sixty years since Alan Turing's "Computing Machinery and Intelligence" appeared in Mind, there have been two widely-accepted interpretations of the Turing test: the canonical behaviorist interpretation (namely, Turing's imitation game provides a definition, or logically sufficient condition, of intelligence in terms of behavior or behavioral dispositions) and the rival inductive or epistemic interpretation (namely, the game provides evidence of intelligence). These readings are based on Turing's Mind paper, and few seem aware that Turing described two other versions of the imitation game, in 1948 and 1952. This article argues that both readings are inconsistent with Turing's 1948 and 1952 statements about intelligence, and fail to explain the design of the game. It argues instead for a response-dependence interpretation. This defeats influential objections to the test and reveals in Turing's writings a subtle approach to intelligence which calls for philosophical development and evaluation.
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