This past weekend the movie about British mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing, The Imitation Game, had a successful debut. Turing, of course, created the Turing Test, which is a test of a machine’s ability to exhibit intelligent behavior equivalent to, or indistinguishable from, that of a human. Fittingly enough, tonight is the end date for entries to Google’s Imitation Game Code Cracking Challenge, a test designed to determine whether it’s being taken by a human or computer and which has as its focus the film’s principal character, Alan Turing.
Judges this week will be evaluating entries this week, and should be contacting winners by week’s end, making their determinations based both on entrants submitting the correct codes and which entrants solved them the fastest. (The test went live in mid-November.)
Fun stuff, with prizes to include a screening of the movie in the winner’s hometown with 200 friends and signed-cast posters, but perhaps even more interesting is that come January, a group of scientists at the 2015 meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, conduct a workshop to come up with a replacement of the original Turing Test. It’s aiming to create an annual or bi-annual Turing Championship, that might consist of up to five different challenging tasks, “with bragging rights given to the first programs to achieve human-level performance in each task,” according to a statement by workshop organizers Gary Marcus, Francesca Rossi and Manuela Veloso. Read more