The Turing Test postulated by Alan Turing the famous mathematician who cracked the German Enigma Code states that for artificial intelligence to truly be that, it must be able to fool a human into thinking that the human is corresponding with another human and not a machine. That is setting the bar pretty high for computer scientists isn’t it? Surely it is, but I have another thought on all of this seeing as chat bots with very little AI can already do this online. Let’s talk.
You see, there was an interesting article in the BBC Science News on May 9, 2015 titled; “A question of computers and artificial intelligence,” by Peter Day, a Global Business Correspondent that really got me thinking and asking a question. You see, it is inevitable that AI will soon pass human intelligence in every regard and then never look back, or will it, our future Artificial Intelligence, find it necessary dummy down, pretend to be as stupid as humans in order to gain our trust to serve us? The article stated:
“When machines might outstrip humans as thinkers – is making a lot of headlines. But the people closest to it are wary of the claims made by experts such as Ray Kurzweil, chief engineer at Google, that the human race will sometime soon be eclipsed by intelligent machines. Mr. Kurzweil has long been convinced that one year (maybe 2050) computers will have evolved to be as clever as we are. Two years later – following the drum beaten by Moore’s Law – they will be twice as clever.”
Okay so, if all AI will soon be smarter than even the smartest human, it will be quite easy to spot them, so the only way to overcome this and fool a human being into thinking they are another human would be to severely dummy down to the human cognitive level. In fact, already chat bots are doing this, purposely misspelling words and using poor grammar and slang. It turns out this works. In the future, the same methodology will be employed by AI to trick humans, why because humans will be programming the next generation of AI which will then learn what works, and since this strategy works so well, it will be deployed most often.
Maybe passing the Turing Test will require a bit of ‘playing it stupid’ from our future Artificial Intelligence. Please consider all this and think on it.