Turing and the real girl

Stephen Rainey, Yasemin J. Erden

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Alan Turing's oft-cited remark about the possibility of machine thought, and its relevance for machine intelligence or even agency, continues to provoke interdisciplinary debate about the nature of such terms. This is in particular regard to the likelihood that the Turing Test could actually solve questions about machine intelligence. In this paper we centre our discussion on these topics by focussing on the complexity of identity or personhood in terms of agency. We do this by exploring concepts such as shared communication, recognition, and wider forms of validity. The crux of the paper is this: Alan Turing asked in his seminal paper whether machines could think. To this we add: Would we be willing to recognise it as thought even if it did?

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAISB/IACAP World Congress 2012 - Birmingham, UK, 2-6 July 2012
Subtitle of host publicationThe 5th AISB Symposium on Computing and Philosophy: Computing, Philosophy and the Question of Bio- Machine Hybrids
EditorsJ.M. Bishop, Y.J. Erden
PublisherThe Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB)
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9781908187116
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event5th AISB Symposium on Computing and Philosophy, AISB 2012: Computing, Philosophy and the Question of Bio- Machine Hybrids - Birmingham, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 Jul 20126 Jul 2012
Conference number: 5


Conference5th AISB Symposium on Computing and Philosophy, AISB 2012
Abbreviated titleAISB
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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