Design For Simulation – Week 3

Simulating Ourselves

Can we simulate ourselves? Physically we can create models of ourselves but only on a superficial level. The question is can we simulate human emotions, intelligence, behaviours and our senses.

The Turing Test

Alan Turing (1912-1952), a computer scientist wrote the Turing test, which would decide if something had artificial intelligence or not. It was to determine whether or not a computer could think like a human brain. The Turing Test is successfully passed if a computer is mistaken for a human more than 30% of the time during a series of five-minute keyboard conversations. He laid the foundations for modern computers and the information technology revolution.

With the development of technology experts have been successful in getting their artificial intelligence to pass the Turing test.

An MIT algorithm has managed to produce sounds able to fool human listeners and beat Turing’s sound test for artificial intelligence.


A computer program called Eugene Goostman, which simulates a 13-year-old Ukrainian boy, is said to have passed the Turing test at an event organised by the University of Reading.

New goals are being constantly set to see how far artificial intelligence can be developed not to just pass the Turing test but to pass the very difficult entrance exams of a college in Tokyo and fool the admission staff into thinking the AI is a potential student. Humans and machines are blurring together.


Bladerunner (1982)


A science fiction film ahead for it’s time used the voight-kampff machine test to determine which character was an AI or human.

Ex-Machina (2015)


This film is quite shocking but revealing in how technology is advancing at an incredible speed and without checks and balances the AI’s might even take over the human race one day…. Ava passes the Turing test with flying colours. (where a robot can make others believe it is human)

New Concepts for Artificial Intelligence

Japan’s robot babies raise questions about how parents bond with Artificial Intelligence

A beauty contest was judged by AI and the robots didn’t like dark skin


Anki’s Cozmo robot is the new, adorable face of artificial intelligence



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