Artificial Intelligence and Why I Think Turing was Wrong
What is Artificial Intelligence? Consider this excerpt from Tom Holt’s novel “Almost Human”:
“The robot hesitated, while the Appeal Court of its mind pondered the nuances of the Laws of Robotics. Eventually they handed down a decision stating that the overriding law which supervened all others was that no robot shall say anything, no matter how true, that will inevitably earn it a smack in the mouth with a 5/8” Whitworth spanner. “Sure thing, boss.” it said”
Is “artificial intelligence” then the point at which a machine’s ability to think can override programming, or is it the lesser test of applying mere rules/programming to provide answers to a variety of problems?
At present our best efforts to create artificial intelligence have produced little more than the amazing, human-like ability of a computer program to understand that the letter Y means “yes” and the letter N means “no”. This may seen a little pragmatic however this is ironically not far from the truth of the situation.
If we forgo any preconceptions as to the semantics applied to the word “intelligence” with respect to a technological form as apposed to a human, it becomes apparent that this is nothing akin to using the word “flying” to describe both birds (biological) and aircraft (technological) forms of heaver than air flight.
The field of study into the possibility of artificial intelligence necessarily assumes that it is possible to synthesise something that satisfies the conditions for “intelligence”, not everybody accepts the current presumptions made about human cogitation and deductive system which from time to time are ridiculed by critics whom argue on a variety of grounds that artificial intelligence is doomed to failure. A good example of such a philosophy is known as Tesler’s law, which defines artificial intelligence as “that which machines cannot do” which implies that any possibility of an artificial intelligence is impossible and that concepts and attributes such as intuition are abilities that are unique to human.
At this point I would like to draw the distinction between artificial intelligence as inferred in the hypothetical procedures based on interrogation in the Turing test, which in effect is merely a test of the systems ability to imitate human-scale performance, through programming, and as such is a simulation of the desired effect on the one hand, and a system’s intellectual capacity to learn, manage, and manipulate natural language or exhibit free will; etcetera on the other.