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The Turing Test Is Bad for Business


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Illustration shows a montage of Alan Turing and antique computing elements.

Turing and other technology pioneers understood that computers would be most useful to business and society when they augmented and complemented human capabilities.

Credit: Sam Whitney/Getty Images

U.S. businesses have been slow to adopt the most advanced artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, and there is little evidence that such technologies are contributing significantly to productivity growth or job creation. But this disappointing performance is not merely due to the relative immaturity of AI technology.

It also stems from a fundamental mismatch between the needs of business and the way AI is currently being conceived by many in the technology sector—a mismatch that has its origins in Alan Turing's pathbreaking 1950 "imitation game" paper and the so-called Turing test he proposed therein.

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