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The Turing Test Is Obsolete. It's Time to Build a New Barometer for AI

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Rohit Prasad is vice president and head scientist of Alexa at Amazon.

This year marks 70 years since Alan Turing published his paper introducing the concept of the Turing Test in response to the question, "Can machines think?" The test's goal was to determine if a machine can exhibit conversational behavior indistinguishable from a human.

I believe the goal put forth by Turing is not a useful one for AI scientists like myself. The Turing Test is fraught with limitations, some of which Turing himself debated in his seminal paper. With AI now ubiquitously integrated into our phones, cars, and homes, it's become increasingly obvious that people care much more that their interactions with machines be useful, seamless, and transparent — and that the concept of machines being indistinguishable from a human is out of touch. Therefore, it is time to set a new challenge that inspires researchers and practitioners equally.

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