But upon closer examination it is easy to see that this is incorrect. I don’t have to teach a human to see these arrangements of text as a picture, this visual intelligence is inherently part of human existence and intelligence.Once you see the transmitted characters, you can immediately see the picture and answer questions about it and also the underlying text as well.The Turing Test entails a human communicating with two subjects via a terminal or teletype.The tester must determine which of the two subjects is a human and which is a computer simply by asking questions or engaging in text based conversation with them.For example, Snoopy has a scarf where the “fringe” is made from “/” characters.Humans find it difficult to avoid seeing pictures in such text patterns, however chatbots such as ELIZA and the more recent Eugene Goostman lack any visual intelligence.
The LHS exterior was famously featured in The Forbin Project, a film about two artificial intelligences that take over the world’s nuclear arsenals during the Cold War. There they were in the lobby glowing softly, three video display terminals on which you could play Lunar Lander, tic-tac-toe, NIM, and also interact with ELIZA.
But it was downstairs in the terminal room where the real action was.
In the terminal room the public was given access to a timeshared HP 2000B computer.
Simply stated, we know the Turing Test can be easily defeated and is an inadequate test of human level intelligence.
Although academics will continue the debate, I hope to share with you here how an ancient and arcane art, ASCII art to be precise, shows how Turing’s idea was not sufficient to capture the full range of human level intelligence.
Again, the chatbot can not answer questions about the person wearing headphones, because it can’t see a person in the transmitted text.