Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 11th May 2004 18:27 UTC
Geek stuff, sci-fi... The Cambridge University mathematician laid the foundation for the invention of software. As part of its anniversary celebration, BusinessWeek is presenting a series of weekly profiles for the greatest innovators of the past 75 years. Some made their mark in science or technology; others in management, finance, marketing, or government. In late September, 2004, BusinessWeek will publish a special commemorative issue on Innovation. Elsewhere, there is also a special article for Turing.
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Alan Turing and the "Turing Test"
by Michael Wassil on Tue 11th May 2004 20:24 UTC

Whatever else he may have accomplished, Alan Turing's "Turing Test" is nonsense. Essentially what he argued was "if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, and you are fooled into thinking it's a duck, it's duck." I have a great photo of a truly awe-inspring sunset. If I put it in a frame in a dark room and sit close enough I can believe I am looking through a window at the actual sunset at Papeete. But, no matter how good it looks and no matter how completely it fools me, it's a photo.

To argue that fooling someone into thinking a fake is the same as the real thing is so laughable I'm really astounded that someone with the smarts of Alan Turing actually thought this. It's philosophically infantile. The only thing the "Turing Test" can ever demonstrate is that we are sometimes fooled by appearances.