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Is the Turing Test a valid test of intelligence?

Is AI or artificial intelligence ready for the real world or more controversially, is AI even possible in the first place? Consider IBM's Watson program win in 2011 on the popular US TV game show Jeopardy; a computer+program like Watson begs the question of what intelligence is. Is Watson intelligent? Does the program think or know what the questions mean? Can Watson know if it is right or wrong or explain why? How can Watson care about winning or losing or feel responsible for its success or failure without being, in some sense, in-the-world?

On-going debates within philosophy and computing challenge the popular conception that the Turing Test of artificial intelligence be accepted as a mark of true intelligence. In a debate marking the centenary of Alan Turing's birth at the Euroscience Open Forum, UCD Professors Dermot Moran (Philosophy) and Mark Keane (Cognitive Science), Oxford mathematician Prof Marcus du Sautoy, and IBM researcher Freddy Lecue discussed developments in artificial intelligence (link).

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