Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Random..

Εδώ και αρκετό καιρό διαβάζω το βιβλίο Algorithmics: the spirit of computing του David Harrel, ένα βιβλίο που δίνει μια γενική άποψη για την επιστήμη των υπολογιστών και ποιο συγκεκριμένα για την χρήση των αλγορίθμων σε αυτή. Χτές λοιπόν, και ενώ βρισκόμουν στο κεφάλαιο για την Τεχνητή Νοημοσύνη, διάβασα ένα κομμάτι που με έκανε να συνειδητοποίησω κάτι -- δεν θα αναφέρω τι, αλλά θα παραθέσω το απόκομα, μπας και σας εμπνεύσει και εσάς νέες ιδέες. ;)

[..] Τo further appreciate the difference between the genuine intelligence required to pass Turing's test, and the shallow, yet deviously deceptive nature of ELIZA's conversational abilities, here is a hypothetical exchange between the Turing test investigator Alice and a really intelligent candidate, say Bob:

Alice: What is a zupchok?
Bob: I have no idea.
Alice: A zupchok is a flying, novel-writing whale. It has been carefully cultivated in a laboratory over sever generations to ensure that it's fins evolve into wing-like things that enable it to fly. It has also been gradually taught to read and write. It has a thorough knowledge of modern literature, and has the ability to write publishable mystery stories.
Bob: How weird!
Alice: Do you think zupchoks exist?
Bob: No way. They cannot.
Alice: Why?
Bob: For many reasons. First of all, our genetic engineering capabilities are far from adequate when it comes to turning fins into wings, not to mention our inability to cause 10-ton engineless creatures to defy gravity just by flapping those things. Secondly, the novel-writing part does not even deserve responding to, since writing a good story requires much more than the technical ability to read and write. The whole idea seems ridiculous enough. Don't you have anything more interesting to talk about?

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