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Amazon's AI Guru Is So Totally Over the Turing Test

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Rohit Prasad, vice president of Alexa Artificial Intelligence

The Turing test's core premise involves tricking someone into incorrectly identifying a computer system as a human, Rohit Prasad says.

Credit: The Times of India

You might think that Rohit Prasad would be a big fan of the Turing test, the venerated method to determine whether computers are as smart as humans. As the VP and head scientist of Amazon Alexa AI, Prasad has been instrumental in getting people to communicate with machines. Partly thanks to him, many now ask them for the weather report, to spin their favorite tunes, and do some shopping. But lately, Prasad has been on a crusade to declare the Turing test obsolete.

Prasad notes that the test is an artifact of a time when the idea of a "thinking computer" was preposterous. In modern times, the Turing test seems like a stunt. He wants to replace it.

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