The Turing Test
Contributors:  David L. Anderson: Author, Storyboards
Kari Cox: Animations, Storyboards

Overview:

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MODULE DESCRIPTION:

Alan Turing proposed a fascinating test for "machine intelligence" in 1950 which remains at the center of controversy. Offered here is a flash animation showing one way the test might be conducted and the types of questions that might be asked.

MODULE COMPONENTS:

TURING TEST CURRICULUM (with hints)

Below are curriculum pages that briefly introduce the Turing Test and then provide a Flash animation that imagines a particular way the test might be run.

There are two different versions of the webpage which have exactly the same text but have different Flash animations. This first version ends with suggestions of specific questions. The second version doesn't, leaving it up to the student to arraive at their own questions.

  • Turing Test Curiculum (w/ long Flash)

    The Flash animation in this webpage will give students some good ideas about how to ask effective, challenging questions. If you don't want to give students any hints, use the second version (below).

TURING TEST CURRICULUM (without hints)
  • Turing Test Curiculum (w/ short Flash)

    The Flash animation in this webpage does not give students specific ideas about how to ask effective, challenging questions. They can read this module and come to class with their own ideas.

FLASH ANIMATIONS (Only)

For presentation purposes and for other uses without the curriculum attached, the following two pages have only the Flash animations (approx. 800 x 580). The first one offers suggestions of possible questions for the test; the second one does not.

RELATED MATERIALS

This is Alan Turing's original article in which he introduces the Turing Test. It is one of the most important articles every written about computers and intelligence -- and it was written at a time when few computers even existed (1950).


Credits:

Funding
This module was supported by National Science Foundation Grant #0127561.