The Imitation Game; Machine vs Human.

It all started with a simple question, 'Can machines think?' And now we have power artificial intelligence here with us.

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It all started with a simple question, 'Can machines think?' And now we have power artificial intelligence here with us. First, you must read the article in the link below to fully understand what is the state of art in machine intelligence.

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Indeed, that article you just read was written by GPT-3, an AI 😲. I won't even compete, it's much better than this article, but read on. Because in this article, I answer the following questions. How did it all start? How did we get here? The machines are awesome now, but are they truly intelligent?

How did it all start?

Yes, how did this race to build an Artificial Intelligence (AI) start? I think it all started with this question; "I propose to consider the question, Can machines think?" ~ Alan Turing. Known as one of the major founding fathers of AI, I will say it all began with him.

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Turing Test

The Turing Test, also famously known as the imitation game was a simple setup by Alan Turing to test if machines can think. The machine that passes this test can 'think' according to Alan Turing. Now I put the word 'think' in quotes because what does it actually mean.

Try it, think about thinking for a while let's see what you come up with. Since it is not an easy thing to define, Alan Turing tried to make the problem a bit practical by inventing the Turing Test. It's just a simple game described below.

Put a machine A in one room and a person B in another room. Now C is going to ask questions to both A and B. The questions and answers will also be in written form. Note that C doesn't know which of them is a machine and which of them is a human. The task of C here is to determine exactly who is who based on the answers they give to questions asked to them.

The Turing Test (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

If C is unable to distinguish between machine and human-based on their answers, then the machine has passed the test and is close to human. Whether passing such a test is an indication that the machine can think or not, it is still a big feat to achieve. Just imagine that you could be talking to a robot on the internet and not know it is a robot  😱.

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