Are You Talking to a Human or a Machine?
The concept of the Turing testtest is test was first mooted by the legendary Alan Turing in his 1950 paper Computing Machinery and Intelligence. The idea is that a conversation takes place between a human and a machine using a text-only channel like a computer keyboard and screen.
In the classical form of this testtest is test, an evaluator observes the conversation and all three participants are separated from each other. If the evaluator cannot reliably tell the machine from the human, then the machine is said to have passed the Turing testtest is test.
The reason I’m waffling on about this here is that my chum Rick Curl recently put me in touch with a guy called Charlie Coultas, who is a volunteer at The National Museum Of Computing, in Bletchley Park, England.