Conversations with Computers - The Turing Test

This activity aims to stimulate discussion on the question of whether computers can exhibit ’intelligence’, or are ever likely to do so in the future. Based on a pioneering computer scientist’s view of how one might recognize artificial intelligence if it ever appeared, it conveys something of what is currently feasible and how easy it is to be misled by carefully-selected demonstrations of ‘intelligence’. The resource begins with a detailed explanation of the activity, what to do and how to carry out the task with a class. There follows variations and extensions and further information about artificial intelligence, followed by worksheets for use with the activity. This collection of twenty activities from Computer Science Unplugged is designed to aid the teaching and learning of computer science through engaging games and puzzles using cards, string, crayons and lots of running around.

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