the Turing test

Lyle Burkhead (
Sun, 13 Oct 1996 02:43:54 -0500 (EST)

I wrote,

:: The Extropians have accepted it as part of the group. No one notices
:: anything different about it -- no one has seriously raised the question of
:: whether it might not be what it purports to be, i.e. just another human.
:: In other words, this program has passed the Turing test, so far.

to which Michael Wiik replied,

> It's Chris Hind, isn't it?

I'm not telling. It's up to "Chris" to convince you, if it can, that it's
an AI program.

But I will say this. When I said the students used a "made-up" name,
I misspoke myself. I meant to say an *assumed* name, i.e. they used
the name of a real person who agreed to serve as front man (or woman)
for the program. In other words, just because you have met somebody
at a party, it doesn't follow that he/she is the author of the posts
attributed to him/her.