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What does the Turing Test actually tell us?


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Talk arranged by Scotland South East Retired Members (SERMS)

Date and Time

05 March 2014 - 14:00-16:00


Edinburgh, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the Scotland South East local network.

About this event

Can you tell the difference, in conversation, between a human and a machine? Results from practical Turing Tests are used to show how some of the top philosophers and computer scientists have often made a complete pig’s ear of it. You’ll also be given lots of opportunity to show if you can hack it yourself or not. But there’s a lot more to the Turing Test than meets the eye. In terms of communication, it’s not just about how well machines can perform, it also shows how humans are sometimes not as good as we may think.

If you don’t know much about the Turing Test then this is for you. If you think you ‘understand’ all about it then this will make you think again. An afternoon of Turing reflection!!

Attendance Warning: Machines with open minds are preferred to humans with closed minds. 

Speaker - Professor Kevin Warwick

Kevin Warwick is presently Professor of Cybernetics at the University of Reading, England, where he carries out research in artificial intelligence, control, robotics and cyborgs. Due to his research which involves himself as a self-experimenter he is frequently referred to as the world’s first Cyborg.

Kevin’s research involves the invention of an intelligent deep brain stimulator to counteract the effects of Parkinson Disease tremors. Kevin is though best known for his pioneering experiments involving a neuro-surgical implantation into the median nerves of his own left arm to link his nervous system directly to a computer to assess the latest technology for use with the disabled.

He has also been involved with running several practical Turing Tests involving the best machines in the world, the most recent being at Bletchley Park in 2012 with forthcoming tests scheduled for the summer of 2014.

He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng.) and a Fellow of the IET (FIET).

Read more about Professor Warwick and his work here.

Additional information

Organised by SERMS (Scotland South East Retired Members) Contact Frank McCall

The location for SERMS talks this session is:-
           Siegfried Room (1/37)
           Edinburgh Napier University
           Craiglockhart Campus
           Colinton Road
           Edinburgh EH14 1DJ

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