TITLE: A Philosopher of Imitation AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford DATE: July 20, 2012 3:39 PM DESC: ----- BODY: Ian Bogost, in The Great Pretender: Turing as a Philosopher of Imitation, writes:
Intelligence -- whatever it is, the thing that goes on inside a human or a machine -- is less interesting and productive a topic of conversation than the effects of such a process, the experience it creates in observers and interlocutors.
This is a very nice one-sentence summary of Turing's thesis in Computing Machinery and Intelligence. I wrote a bit about Turing's ideas on machine intelligence a few months back, but the key idea in Bogost's essay relates more closely to my discussion in Turing's ideas on representation and universal machines. In this centennial year of his birth, we can hardly go wrong in considering again and again the depth of Turing's contributions. Bogost uses a lovely turn of phrase in his title: a philosopher of imitation. What may sound like a slight or a trifle is, in fact, the highest of compliments. Turing made that thinkable. -----