Face to Face Turing Test

The Turing Test measures the ability of software to mimic human conversation. Originally conceived by Alan Turing as a test for intelligence in machines, it has become possible to imitate conversation convincingly enough to pass for human, even though the software does not qualify as truly intelligent.

In the field of robotics, a new version of the Turing Test is evolving. The standard for androids (humanoid robots) is for a robotic face to look and move in a convincingly human manner. The first test was to merely look human, like a life size doll face. Now, facial expressions are becoming involved and soon, vocal intonation will be part of the standard.

Eventually, this new Turing standard will include the gracefulness and coordination of physical movement. A convincingly human android will be required to walk down a sidewalk, turn to check for traffic before crossing a street, stumble slightly when stepping over the curb, react to hearing someone speaking to it with an expression of surprise, then change the expression to recognition, and shake hands with a grip that responds to reciprocal pressure.

Then someday: skin, musculature, fat and flesh, will also become difficult to distinguish from humans.

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