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Daniel Dennett

Visiting Fellow, June 2019


Professor Dennett visited LCFI in June 2019, during his visit he gave the annual Margaret Boden Lecture.

Smart Machines and a Reverse Turing Test
Tuesday 18 June 2019, Babbage Lecture Theatre, Cambridge
Is the goal of AI to create smart machines or artificial colleagues? The distinction is of great importance, but the grounds for drawing it have been confused by forces that distort our imagination. Several sources of misdirection are innocently hidden in Alan Turing’s initial description of the Imitation Game, now known as the Turing Test. Once these confusions are exposed, we can explore steps that might maintain bright lines between tools, tool-makers, and tool-users, as part of the policy innovations required to preserve the integrity of inquiry.

A recording of Professor Dennett's lecture is available here.

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