Brainpower

05.13.2012
(was 04.10.2011)

It's called the Turing Test, an annual event in which the most advanced computer programs try to fool a panel of judges into mistaking them for real people.    And real people compete to try to win the coveted "Most Human Human Award."  In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, we'll meet Brian Christian, a Turing test participant. Also, Sherry Turkle on why we expect more from technology and less from each other.

  1. Brian Christian on The Turing Test

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    What's it like to be part human and part machine?

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  2. Sherry Turkle on "Alone Together"

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    MIT Professor Sherry Turkle is fascinated by our interactions with machines. She's just released the third book in a trilogy of books on the subject.

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  3. Michael Chorost on "World Wide Mind"

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    What if digital communication felt as real as being touched?

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  4. Miguel Nicolelis on "Beyond Boundaries"

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    Duke University neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis talks about the possibility of upgrading our brains with computer chips.

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