Monday, December 24, 2007

Parsing the Turing Test: Book Published

Six years in the making, the book Parsing the Turing Test has finally been published by Springer Netherlands. The book, edited by Robert Epstein, Gary Roberts and Grace Beber, is an impressive collection of 29 chapters by various authors on, as the subtitle says, "Philosophical and Methodological Issues in the Quest for the Thinking Computer."

The sponsor of the real-world Turing Test, Hugh Loebner, contributed a chapter, as did prior winners of that prize Thomas Walen, Robby Garner, Jason Hutchins, Richard Wallace and Kevin Copple. Philosophical chapters were contributed by such luminaries as John Searle, Noam Chomsky, Paul Churchland and Jack Copeland. Turing's original 1950 paper on the Imitation Game is reprinted as well.

This book, which also includes a contribution from the late Chris McKinstry, brings together philosophical and practical ideas for passing the Turing Test. Or if not passing it, placing the Test in a historical, philosophical and engineering context. No other work has merged the wide variety of today's Turing Test constituency

Browse the abstracts or order the book at: http://www.springerlink.com/content/r42614/

Note: although the author of this blog contributed a chapter to the book, we receive no royalties or affiliate payments for its publication.

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