Rethinking Computer Intelligence

Hamsphire College professor Lee Spector

Hamsphire College professor Lee Spector

Mid-20th century scientist Alan Turing believed computers would eventually respond to questions well enough to mimic human intelligence. Last week, a computer at Reading university in England managed to pass what’s known as the Turing test — convincing a panel of human judges that it was actually a 13-year-old Ukranian boy. Hampshire College scientist Lee Spector studies computer and human cognition. He tells New England Public Radio’s Karen Brown he’s skeptical that Alan Turing himself would be swayed by this new evidence.