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Alan Turing based his famous question: "Are there imaginable digital computers which would do well in the [Turing test]"? on the notion that if a person was not able to determine whether or not they were receiving answers from a living being or a machine, and if it was subsequently shown that a machine
was responsible, then that machine would be said to be capable of displaying a degree of artificial intelligence.
What is less known is that he also left behind a shroud.
So far no one has been able to determine whether or not this particular length of fabric was totally made by hand or is the work of a machine that possess a large measure of artificial intelligence.
It consists of a single sheet of material (10 feet by 3 feet) upon which are printed a continuous string of numbers, letters and symbols. These are layered to add to their complexity. In between each line, other fainter lines are printed in shades of grey, and close examination reveals more and more strings of similar material, descending until they are almost invisible to the naked eye.
The problem arising is this: Turing maintained that the shroud articulates the famous philosophical question that came to be known as "The Turing Test"; that it originated and was created from within the machine on that he was working; that it was printed out overnight when he was not around to witness its production; that he was able to decipher the message. Do we believe him?
If true then the Turing Shroud is the physical manifestation of an artificial intelligence. If not then of course it is an elaborate hoax.
This then is the Shroud of Turing Test: "Are there imaginable digital computers which would do well in the [Shroud of Turing test]"
[xenzag, Apr 10 2010]
Faking the Shroud of Turin with Hamburgers
A sort-of-related idea. [sninctown, Apr 11 2010]
||[xen] I would be prepared to give you ten buns for the title
alone. Add the content and the idea, and it's still worth at
least nine buns.
||Even I can pass the Turing test.
||I can't pass my own Turing test.
||Well, is The Shroud Turing Machine washable?
||Hmm, there's already a sort of anti-Christianity for atheists,
with Darwin as, I dunno, a sort of secular saint. Maybe Alan
Turing could be the Lamb who died for our sins.
||//Maybe Alan Turing could be the Lamb who died for our sins.//
Oh shit - I think I just barbequed Him.
||//I just barbequed Him// said jesting
[AbsintheWithoutLeave] and washed his hands.