Robots, the Turing Test and Transference

Here’s a fascinating video interview by the New York Times with a robot modelled on a real person. One of the really intriguing parts of this video is how the anthropomorphic features of the robot draw the interviewer into feeling the robot is almost a real person, creating as much sympathy as frustration at the confusion the robot exhibits in the conversation. That’s one way to sidestep the Turing Test problem.


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