Saturday, November 26, 2005

Turing Test, Ha!

If you believe in separate championships for women (in chess, golf, etc.) then this headline from the New York Times will warm your heart: “Pinter to Miss Nobel Prize”
But sad to say, the story explains how Pinter, battling esphageal cancer, must pace himself. He will pick up the (sexless) Nobel Prize for literature, but will not “stay for the festiities”, as the Times puts it.

(I've always been impressed by the concept of the Turing Test, but I think a better trial of whether computers understand the world around them is whether they can make sense of understandably brief, unpunctuated headlines.)

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