Jean Lassègue – Doing Justice to the Imitation Game ; a Farewell to Formalism

J. Lassègue, CNRS, LIAS/ IMM


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My claim in this article is that the 1950 paper in which Turing describes the world-famous set-up of the Imitation Game is much richer and intriguing than the formalist ersatz coined in the early ’70s under the name « Turing Test ». Therefore, doing justice to the Imitation Game implies showing first that the formalist interpretation misses some crucial points in Turing’s line of thought and secondly that the 1950 paper should not be understood as the Magna Charta of strong Artificial Intelligence but as a work in progress focused on the notion of Form. This has unexpected consequences about the status of Mind, and from a more general point of view, about the way we interpret the notions of Science and Language.

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