the Turing test

Lyle Burkhead (
Sun, 27 Oct 1996 16:39:51 -0500 (EST)

QueeneMUSE writes,

> perhaps the first AI will not be created by us,
> but will accidentally evolve out of a super nasty virus

Evolution left to its own devices takes a long time. Web agents or
"bots" could be designed to evolve at an accelerated rate, but even so
it's a long, long way from viruses to the human mind.

Anyway, all kidding aside, there is no AI on the list. No matter what
any authority says -- even if the President, the Pope, and Irv Rubin
all say there is -- there isn't.

A few days ago I wrote:

:: I am about to bring this to an end. Before I reveal who the AI is,
:: I would like to ask: is anyone on the list absolutely sure that
:: there is no AI? Hal? Anybody?

Nobody spoke up. Amazing.