Testing the turing test - Do men pass it?

Ruth Adam, Uri Hershberg, Yaacov Schul, Sorin Solomon

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We are fascinated by the idea of giving life to the inanimate. The fields of Artificial Life and Artificial Intelligence (AI) attempt to use a scientific approach to pursue this desire. The first steps on this approach hark back to Turing and his suggestion of an imitation game as an alternative answer to the question "can machines think?".1 To test his hypothesis, Turing formulated the Turing test1 to detect human behavior in computers. But how do humans pass such a test? What would you say if you would learn that they do not pass it well? What would it mean for our understanding of human behavior? What would it mean for our design of tests of the success of artificial life? We report below an experiment in which men consistently failed the Turing test.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1041-1047
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Modern Physics C
Issue number8
StatePublished - Oct 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Artificial intelligence
  • Artificial life
  • Deception
  • Imitation
  • Sentience
  • Thinking machines
  • Turing test

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Mathematical Physics
  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics


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