ⓘ Turing test

Turing test

ⓘ Turing test

The Turing test is a test to see if a computer can interact with a person. The human should not be able to realise it is interacting with a computer.

Alan Turing thought that if a human could not tell the difference between another human and the computer, then the computer had shown intelligent behaviour.


1. Test setup

A person has a telegraph, and is connected to two communication partners. One of the two correspondents is a machine. The person can ask anything with the telegraph. If the person cannot tell which of the two is the machine more than 50% of the time, then the machine is said to be intelligent.

Later on, people narrowed down the test. A human is unlikely to know everything. Therefore, both the human and the machine would be specialists in some field of knowledge. So would the person asking.


2. Other websites

  • "Machines Who Think, on season 2, episode 5". PBS. Scientific American Frontiers. Chedd-Angier Production Company. 1991–1992. Archived from the original on 2006.