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Why Can’t My Computer Understand Me?


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Hector Levesque thinks his computer is stupidand that yours is, too.

Hector Levesque argues that the Turing test is almost meaningless, because it is far too easy to game.

Credit: Arnold Roth

Hector Levesque thinks his computer is stupid—and that yours is, too. Siri and Google’s voice searches may be able to understand canned sentences like "What movies are showing near me at seven o’clock?," but what about questions—"Can an alligator run the hundred-metre hurdles?"—that nobody has heard before?

From The New Yorker
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