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Are robots becoming more like us ?

Posted on Wednesday, 22 August, 2012 | Comment icon 21 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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How long will it be before robots and computers become capable of thinking like a human being ?

On June 23rd a computer came very close to passing the Turing Test, an experiment first proposed 60 years ago by Alan Turing in which a computer attempts to fool a person in to thinking that they are talking to another person.

In an event called the "Turing test marathon", a Russian program called Eugene managed to fool the judges 29.2 percent of the time, just a tiny amount below the required 30 percent originally predicted by Turing for computers at the beginning of the 21st century.

"Turing proposed the test – he called it “the imitation game” – in a 1950 paper titled “Computing machinery and intelligence”."

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Comment icon #12 Posted by StarMountainKid on 23 August, 2012, 13:08
Catz, your link doesn't work for me.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Render on 23 August, 2012, 20:34
not necessarily. Memories are stored in the brain. When the time comes that we can transfer already formed memories onto, lets say, a memory card we can then transfer them into a machine. There is already a chip that can be implanted in a human brain which can store memories. This chip can transfer that information to other chips (in other brains).
Comment icon #14 Posted by StarMountainKid on 23 August, 2012, 22:04
From my little research, scientists have only developed a chip inserted in a rats brain. Maybe you can document what you've stated. I have little doubt that this technology will be developed, either for good or for evil purposes.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Render on 23 August, 2012, 22:30
oh my apologies, you can scratch that word "human" before brain...i don't know how that ended up there. I ment the rat brain chip thing. which is step towards the human brain version. I actually found an article from 1996 lol July 18, 1996 5:45 PM PDT A new memory chip--for the brain They even assigned it the appropriately gee-whiz product moniker of "Soul Catcher 2025," as well as some fairly detailed specifications. The 2025 refers to the year the scientists think the idea will become a reality. we'll see i guess
Comment icon #16 Posted by StarMountainKid on 24 August, 2012, 3:39
I understand, my fingers separate from my brain sometimes, not saying that happened with you. (I have to hit the "Edit" button a lot). All the links I could find were from 2011, so I don't know what's been happening since last year. I think I wrote a story once where one of my characters wanted to start a business implanting holiday memories in people's brains. That way, people who didn't have time to go on a holiday themselves could have the memories of having gone on a nice holiday without actually having to leave town. His friend talked him out of the idea,... [More]
Comment icon #17 Posted by Catz on 24 August, 2012, 6:45
Hi StarMountainKid, See you found the link I was referring to:
Comment icon #18 Posted by Render on 24 August, 2012, 12:52
Sounds like Totat Recall only focussing more on buying products instead of altering identities
Comment icon #19 Posted by Taun on 24 August, 2012, 13:56
Computers/Robots do not think... They process... The great advantage to a computer is that it processes very quickly, and always processes the data according to the same 'decision tree'... The most complex AI still does not think... When a computer/AI beats a person at a game or some such it is because of either its processing speed, the algorythm it uses to process or a mistake by the person it defeats... Maybe (MAYBE) when we get to quantum processing, a computer can be said to think... but with current cyber technology, the best they can do is some really, really good processing.... [More]
Comment icon #20 Posted by StarMountainKid on 24 August, 2012, 16:28
I'm wondering if this ability of abstract thought is inherent in the design of our brain's neural network. An other question would be, is this ability a property of the brain or is it a property of the mind? Perhaps an algorithm could be devised to parallel human abstract thought in AI computers.
Comment icon #21 Posted by QuantumGuy on 24 August, 2012, 19:03
You've apparently never had a rogue pointer . It ultimately comes down to how intelligence and thinking are defined. I would argue that computers do, in fact, think, but in a very elementary and mostly linear and deterministic manner. Human thinking is at least partially linear and deterministic. How do you go about solving problems in math? It's probably a series of defined steps. How is it you can "know" what someone else is thinking and finish sentences started by them? You've just recognized the pattern in their thoughts and are able to predict their next action.... [More]

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