The Turing Test

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Conversations with Computers

Artificial intelligence has been researched for decades, and has resulted in many useful products, but still no system that is as intelligent as a human.

This activity explores just how we might recognize whether a system is truly "intelligent". It involves reasoning about what it means to be intelligent, and even what makes us human.

  • The Turing Test
Extension 
  • Computing Science Inside Workshop has an activity Predictive Text and Machine Learning which is a nice extension activity to this topic. Using the predictive text function available on most mobile phones as its primary example, this workshop gets pupils to think about how the phone (or computers in general) can appear to predict our behaviour. Working in teams pupils will simulate a predictive text messaging system and experience the process of machine learning first hand. Pupils will recognise the high initial workload on the user and will hopefully see the development of the machine's knowledge through user feedback. The workshop will demonstrate the difficulty of enabling computers to acquire knowledge and identify current trends and applications that utilise machine learning techniques
    Note: You will need to apply and register in order to recieve the Workshop Pack for this activity.

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