AI Research Theme Sponsored Event; Rethinking, Reworking and Revolutionising the Turing Test

Date(s) - 15/11/2018 - 16/11/2018
All Day

The Informatics Forum, University of Edinburgh

The SICSA Artificial Intelligence Research Theme is pleased to be sponsoring the Rethinking, Rewording and Revolutionising The Turing Test event which take place on 15 & 16 November at the Informatics Forum, Edinburgh

Registration is open

The aim of the conference is to facilitate dialogue between researchers in philosophy of mind, cognitive science and informatics by providing a venue to present their research on an area of common interest. Members of under-represented groups are particularly encouraged to participate. The conference focuses on the role that the Turing Test has played, and above all can still play, in artificial intelligence research. Ever since it was proposed in 1950, the Turing Test has been a major focus of philosophers and computer scientists alike. Focus on creating AI that can pass the Turing Test has been matched by debate about the adequacy of the Turing Test as a useful measure. Today, the Turing Test is more relevant than ever, as big data and machine learning approaches have made natural-language processing AIs both much more sophisticated and much more prevalent in everyday experience than ever. The conference will address questions such as what modern technological advances can tell us about the Turing Test, what the test can actually measure, and which properties and abilities could be identified with well-designed variations of the Turing Test. Example topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Objections to the Turing Test;
  • How difficult is the Turing Test?;
  • Variations of the Turing Test;
  • The Turing Test and consciopusness
  • The future of the Turing Test

Invited Keynotes:

  • Diane Proudfoot, University of Canterbury
  • Paul Schweizer, University of Edinburgh
  • Huma Shah, Coventry University
  • Susan Sterrett, Wichita State University

More information on the event can be found on the TuringTest2018 Web-page:

The organisers of this event are Nick Novelli and Nicola Damassino

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