Parsing the Turing Test: Philosophical and Methodological Issues in the Quest for the Thinking Computer

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Robert Epstein, Gary Roberts, Grace Beber
Springer Science & Business Media, Nov 23, 2007 - Computers - 517 pages
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Parsing the Turing Test is a landmark exploration of both the philosophical and methodological issues surrounding the search for true artificial intelligence. Will computers and robots ever think and communicate the way humans do? When a computer crosses the threshold into self-consciousness, will it immediately jump into the Internet and create a World Mind? Will intelligent computers someday recognize the rather doubtful intelligence of human beings? Distinguished psychologists, computer scientists, philosophers, and programmers from around the world debate these weighty issues – and, in effect, the future of the human race – in this important volume.

 

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Part II The Ongoing Philosophical Debate
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Part III The New Methodological Debates
170
Part IV Afterthoughts on Thinking Machines
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One of the world's leading experts on human behavior, Rob

One of the world's leading experts on human behavior, Robert Epstein is Editor-in-Chief of "Psychology Today" magazinert Epstein is Editor-in-Chief of "Psychology Today" magazine, host of the magazine's nationally syndicated radio prograe, host of the magazine's nationally syndicated radio program, and University Research Professor at United States Internm, and University Research Professor at United States International University. He is the developer of Generativity Theoational University. He is the developer of Generativity Theory, a scientific theory of creative process, and is a contriry, a scientific theory of creative process, and is a contributor to the "Encyclopedia of Creativity". He earned his Ph.butor to the "Encyclopedia of Creativity". He earned his Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard University in 1981. His researD. in psychology from Harvard University in 1981. His research on creativity and problem-solving has been reported in "Tch on creativity and problem-solving has been reported in "Time" magazine, "The New York Times", and Discover, and his pime" magazine, "The New York Times", and Discover, and his popular writings have appeared in "Reader's Digest, The Washiopular writings have appeared in "Reader's Digest, The Washington Post, Psychology Today, Good Housekeeping, Parenting",ngton Post, Psychology Today, Good Housekeeping, Parenting", and other magazines and newspapers. and other magazines and newspapers.

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