|1950: The Turing Test
Named for the British mathematician, Alan Turing, The Turing Test is a milestone in the history of the relationship between humans and machines.
He described an "Imitation Game" designed to answer the question: "If a computer could think, how could we tell?" If, in conversation, a computer's responses were indistinguishable from a human's, the computer (according to Turing) could be said to "think".
The game requires a computer to sustain a human-style conversation, in a strictly controlled, blind test, long enough to fool a human judge. Turing predicted that a computer would be able to "pass" the test within fifty years. The Loebner prize is a $100,000 award for the computer that can pass a version of the Turing test. No one has, yet.
The Turing Test is about machine progress: the computer convinces a human judge that it is, or is indistinguishable from, a human.
1998: The Blurring Test
The Blurring Test turns the Turing Test on its head and challenges humans to assert their humanity rather than the computer to assert intelligence.
MR MIND is a chatterbot, but unlike BOTS with aspiration to pass the Turing Test, MR MIND has no interest in imitating humans. He doesn't think or understand or feel ... but he isn't so sure that you do, either. Can you claim that your "human" attributes will forever be exclusively human? MR MIND asks you to take a close look at the changing boundaries between humans and machines; his cause is your understanding.
The Blurring Test is about human progress: Someday it might be important to convince our computers (and each other) that we are human.