Turing Test: What Would You Do?

[From Bruce gregory (971113.1040 EST)]

Fred Nickols (971113.0945 EST)

me:

>I think the Turing test raises an interesting question.
>Suppose you had a computer program that passed the Turing test.
>At the end of the test, it asks you, no, pleads with you, not to
>turn it off. What would you do?

You:

I'd turn it off, degauss the drive and the main memory, burn all hard copies
of the code, detonate a small nuclear device in the facility where this took
place, kill the programmer and any other witnesses, and then commit suicide.

You _may_ be overreacting :wink:

Bruce

[Fred Nickols (971113.0945 EST)]

Bruce Gregory (971112.1405 EST)

Bill Powers (971112.1110 MST)

Bill:

I think that the Turing judges simply assume that there is such a thing as
intelligence which any human being would recognize when it lay behind
observable behavior. But everything hinges on that assumption. If nobody
really has a good definition of intelligence, the Turing test is pretty
pointless.

BruceG:

I think the Turing test raises an interesting question.
Suppose you had a computer program that passed the Turing test.
At the end of the test, it asks you, no, pleads with you, not to
turn it off. What would you do?

I'd turn it off, degauss the drive and the main memory, burn all hard copies
of the code, detonate a small nuclear device in the facility where this took
place, kill the programmer and any other witnesses, and then commit suicide.

:slight_smile:

Regards,

Fred Nickols
The Distance Consulting Company
nickols@worldnet.att.net

[From Rick Marken (971113.0745)]

Bruce Gregory (971112.1405 EST) --

I think the Turing test raises an interesting question. Suppose
you had a computer program that passed the Turing test. At the
end of the test, it asks you, no, pleads with you, not to
turn it off. What would you do?

I'd talk to it about its model of its own (and my) nature and
see if it was able to grasp the methods and model of PCT. If
it started defending reinforcement theory, model based control
theory, conventional IV-DV methodology, any version of S-R
theory -- in other words, if it was a computer model of one or
another of my CSGNet favorites;-) -- I would immediately proceed
to the Fred Nickols (971113.0945 EST) strategy:

I'd turn it off, degauss the drive and the main memory, burn all
hard copies of the code, detonate a small nuclear device in the
facility where this took place, kill the programmer and any other
witnesses

I, however, would not commit suicide, knowing that the world is
now a better place for me and my children;-)

Best

Rick

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