In my last post, I talked about the new book The Most Human Human: What Talking with Computers Teaches Us About What It Means to Be Alive.
This book is actually about an identity contest (the Turing test), pitting humans against computers. People have “conversations” with a human contestant and a computer, and judge which is human, which machine. To win, a machine has to fool 70% of the people who talk with it. The closest a machine came to winning, so far, is 69%. Makes me think it’s just a matter of time!
Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Is it about computer programs or about the people competing with them? Or is it about the people trying to tell the difference? Or is it about modern life in general? Very puzzling, don’t you think?