# The Turing Test

As some of you who have had the misfortune of emailing with me may know my email signature has been for a long time

–Studying for the Turing Test

A bad joke yes but …

Let me ask you … if you were the interviewer in the Turing Test how would you question the target to determine if they were a human or a computer? My personal strategy would be to focus on opinions that are very hard for a computer to fake. I would ask philosophical (especially) ontological questions. I can ask most of these questions in terms that a 3rd grader would understand but a computer would have a very hard time both understanding what I have asked or answering me in a coherent matter.

“If we have a ball that is red and 15 cm and a ball that is blue and 20 cm. What is it that makes the balls different? How do we know that both are actually balls?”

“What makes both of these balls different than a round rock?”

What does it mean for something to exist? (then follow up this question with a question on the border of the answer given) ex:

Me: “What does it mean to you to exist”
Unknown Target: “It means to be real, to have a physical presence”
Me: “Do dreams exist?”

How would you attempt to determine the other side in a Turing test.

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### 9 Responses to The Turing Test

1. Blee says:

How many people can read hex if only you and dead people can read hex…. Sub-second answers of 57006 indicate either a geek or a computer….

I would probably try for humor, things that are abstract. How do you feel about purple. Btw, didn’t I see this in a movie? Blade Runner perhaps….

2. Radu Grigore says:

1. “If we have a ball that is red and 15 cm and a ball that is blue and 20 cm. What is it that makes the balls different?”

The color and the size.

2. “How do we know that both are actually balls?”

Does it matter? You can just as well say “If we have a zurbantlac that is red and 15 cm and a zurbantlac that is blue and 20 cm. What is it that makes the zurbantlacs different?” and the answers would be the same.

3. “What makes both of these balls different than a round rock?”

Rocks usually have less strident colors and are rarely round, as balls are (but we don’t know about zurbantlacs whether they are usually round). Ah, humans probably were heavily involved in the making of the balls.

4. “What does it mean for something to exist?”

That is a stupid question because the answer is very likely not to be useful.

3. *ping*

*reboot*

Would you like to play a game?

LOL

4. “Machines take me by surprise with great frequency.” — Alan Turing
(And thanks for having a CAPTCHA that can at least be read correctly the first time)

5. Craig Carpenter says:

Makes me wonder…what if you spoke to it in Internet lingo?

ZOMGWTFROFLMAOBBQ!!!!

6. cmyers says:

Appealing to sensibilities might be a good test. If you can so shock, horrify, or offend the other party that they lose emotional control, you might evoke an emotional response beyond the computer’s ability to produce.

Purely scientifically speaking, one way might be to type out horribly offensive things (things so shocking and horrific, that no human being, even the most avid horror or German porn film (is there much of a difference?) watcher wouldn’t cringe/faint/vomit at.

Interviewer: (something horrible and despicable)
Target: OMG! YOU FREAKING SICKO!
Interviewer: Thanks, human.

7. Craig Carpenter says:

“Would you be interested in my newsletter?”

No real person would answer ‘yes’ to that.

8. Greg says:

Chris = human for sure!

9. If you have a ball that is red and 15 cm and a ball that is blue and 20 cm you might want to consult your physician…

(sorry…)