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Beyond the Turing Test

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Science  09 Jan 2015:
Vol. 347, Issue 6218, pp. 116
DOI: 10.1126/science.347.6218.116

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As the movie The Imitation Game celebrates British mathematician Alan Turing's contributions to the Allied victory in World War II, the artificial intelligence (AI) community is rethinking another of his legacies: the Turing Test. At a 25 January workshop at the 29th Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence conference in Austin, researchers will discuss proposals for a new Turing Championship composed of three to five research challenges. In contrast with Turing's single litmus test, the proposed challenges acknowledge that intelligence has multiple dimensions—from language comprehension to social awareness—that are best tackled piece by piece. The new Turing Championship would motivate researchers to develop machines with a deeper understanding of the world, argue the workshop organizers. By early 2016, they hope to stage a set of trial competitions that will be revised and repeated regularly.