Minds and Machines

, Volume 23, Issue 2, pp 163–177

Some Implications of a Sample of Practical Turing Tests


DOI: 10.1007/s11023-013-9301-y

Cite this article as:
Warwick, K., Shah, H. & Moor, J. Minds & Machines (2013) 23: 163. doi:10.1007/s11023-013-9301-y


A series of imitation games involving 3-participant (simultaneous comparison of two hidden entities) and 2-participant (direct interrogation of a hidden entity) were conducted at Bletchley Park on the 100th anniversary of Alan Turing’s birth: 23 June 2012. From the ongoing analysis of over 150 games involving (expert and non-expert, males and females, adults and child) judges, machines and hidden humans (foils for the machines), we present six particular conversations that took place between human judges and a hidden entity that produced unexpected results. From this sample we focus on features of Turing’s machine intelligence test that the mathematician/code breaker did not consider in his examination for machine thinking: the subjective nature of attributing intelligence to another mind.


Chatbots Practical Turing tests Imitation game Intelligence Philosophy of mind Understanding Nature of thought 

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Systems EngineeringUniversity of ReadingReadingUK
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyDartmouth CollegeHanoverUSA

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