Technical Keynote Lecture
Prof. Kevin Warwick (University of Coventry)
The Turing Test Explained
The Turing test involves trying to tell the difference, in conversation, between a human and a machine? Results from practical Turing Tests involving both machines and hidden humans are used here to show how some of the top philosophers and computer scientists have often made misidentifications when acting as interrogators. Actual examples will be given of machines performing very well and fooling interrogators. In the presentation there will be the opportunity to try the test for yourself and see if you can spot the difference.
But there is a lot more to the Turing Test than meets the eye. In terms of communication, it’s not just about how well machines can perform, it also shows how humans are sometimes not as good as we may think. Often humans are quirky or difficult and can themselves be identified as being machines. If you don’t know much about the Turing Test then all will be explained here. If you think you ‘understand’ all about it then hopefully this will make you think again by bringing you up to date with the very latest in machine performance.
Attendance Warning: Machines that think are preferred to humans with closed minds.
Kevin Warwick is Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) at Coventry University, England, where he is responsible for the University’s research portfolio. His own main research areas are artificial intelligence, biomedical systems, robotics and cyborgs. Due to his research which involved himself as a self-experimenter he is frequently referred to as the world’s first Cyborg. Kevin was born in Coventry, UK and left school to join British Telecom, at the age of 16. At 22 he took his first degree at Aston University, followed by a PhD and research post at Imperial College, London. He subsequently held positions at Oxford, Newcastle, Warwick and Reading Universities before joining Coventry.
Kevin is a Chartered Engineer who has published well over 600 research papers and his experiments into implant technology led to him being featured as the cover story on the US magazine, ‘Wired’. He has been awarded higher doctorates (DSc) both by Imperial College and the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague. Kevin has also been awarded 7 Honorary Doctorates by UK Universities. He was presented with The Future of Health Technology Award in MIT, was made an Honorary Member of the Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, and received The IEE Senior Achievement Medal, the IET Mountbatten Medal and in 2011 the Ellison-Cliffe Medal from the Royal Society of Medicine. In 2000 Kevin presented the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, entitled “The Rise of the Robots”.
He has been involved with the organisation of several practical Turing tests, as stipulated by Alan Turing. In 2012 these were held at Bletchley Park to mark the centenary of Turing’s birth. Meanwhile in 2014 the tests at 2014 produced a machine (Eugene) which passed the Turing test!