Daily Archives: 26 March 2008

My irony detector buzzed

I read this with a strange sense of disbelief.

US President George W Bush has urged China to begin dialogue with Tibet’s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.

Mr Bush called his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao to raise his concerns about the unrest and to urge him to ease access for journalists and diplomats.

The same George W Bush who set up a torture camp in a foreign country to bypass the Geneva Conventions is asking China to treat people better.  Too little, too late, if you ask me.

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Turing test

The Turing test is a proposal for a test of a machine’s capability to demonstrate intelligence.  It proceeds as follows: a human judge engages in a natural language conversation with one human and one machine, each of which try to appear human; if the judge cannot reliably tell which is which, then the machine is said to pass the test. ¹

Have you ever considered that some humans would fail the Turing test?  Seriously.  What makes a biological machine with a functional data processing unit in the form of a brain a human anyway?

¹ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turing_test

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