Parsing the Turing Test: Philosophical and Methodological Issues in the Quest for the Thinking Computer

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Robert Epstein, Gary Roberts, Grace Beber
Springer Science & Business Media, Nov 23, 2007 - Computers - 517 pages

Parsing the Turing Test is a landmark exploration of both the philosophical and methodological issues surrounding the search for true artificial intelligence. Will computers and robots ever think and communicate the way humans do? When a computer crosses the threshold into self-consciousness, will it immediately jump into the Internet and create a World Mind? Will intelligent computers someday recognize the rather doubtful intelligence of human beings? Distinguished psychologists, computer scientists, philosophers, and programmers from around the world debate these weighty issues – and, in effect, the future of the human race – in this important volume.


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Part II The Ongoing Philosophical Debate
Part III The New Methodological Debates
Part IV Afterthoughts on Thinking Machines

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