The Most Human Human 

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

In an in-depth article for The Atlantic, Brian Christian details his experience as part of the annual Turing test, where makers of computerized intelligences attempt to show how human their creations can be.

In two hours, I will sit down at a computer and have a series of five-minute instant-message chats with several strangers. At the other end of these chats will be a psychologist, a linguist, a computer scientist, and the host of a popular British technology show. Together they form a judging panel, evaluating my ability to do one of the strangest things I’ve ever been asked to do.

I must convince them that I’m human.

Fortunately, I am human; unfortunately, it’s not clear how much that will help.

It’s a long read, but it’s fascinating as well.


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