Marvin Minsky Calls the Turing Test a Joke

Friday, July 12, 2013

 Artificial Intelligence
During a brief interview with Singularity 1 on 1's Nikola Danaylov, Marvin Minsky criticized the use of the Turing Test as an identifier of artificial intelligence. Minsky also talked about how progress in AI research is actually slowing in his opinion due to the lack of jobs for bright young researchers.

Marvin Minsky is often called the "father of Artificial Intelligence." Recently Minsky gave Singularity 1 on 1's Nikola Danaylov an interview while attending the ISTAS'13 Veilance conference in Toronto.

During the conversation with Minsky, the pair cover a variety of interesting topics such as: how he moved from studying biology and mathematics to artificial intelligence; his personal motivation and most proud accomplishment; the importance of science fiction – in general, and his take on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

Minsky also addressed the Turing Test; the importance of theory of mind; the Human Brain Project; the technological Singularity and why he thinks that progress in AI has stalled; his personal advice to young AI researchers.

Marvin Minsky
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Minsky has made many contributions to artificial intelligence, cognitive psychology, mathematics, computational linguistics, robotics, and optics over the years.

In recent years he has worked chiefly on imparting to machines the human capacity for commonsense reasoning. His conception of human intellectual structure and function is presented in two books: The Emotion Machine: Commonsense Thinking, Artificial Intelligence, and the Future of the Human Mind and The Society of Mind.

Minsky also was a contributor to the recently published The Transhumanist Reader edited by Max More and Natasha Vita-More.

Minsky received the BA and PhD in mathematics at Harvard (1950) and Princeton (1954). In 1951 he built the SNARC, the first neural network simulator. His other inventions include mechanical arms, hands and other robotic devices, the Confocal Scanning Microscope, the “Muse” synthesizer for musical variations (with E. Fredkin), and one of the first LOGO “turtles”. A member of the NAS, NAE and Argentine NAS, he has received the ACM Turing Award, the MIT Killian Award, the Japan Prize, the IJCAI Research Excellence Award, the Rank Prize and the Robert Wood Prize for Optoelectronics, and the Benjamin Franklin Medal.

SOURCE  Singularity Weblog

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