Marvin Minsky had no problem understanding that the emptiness of 2001’s dialogue was intentional:
” … And after the momentous statement that the monolith must have been deliberately buried, one of the astronauts says, “Well, how about a little coffee?” Kubrick’s idea is that the universe is too majestic for short sighted people.”
Trying to understand an “intelligence” that is much greater than our own is going to be a tough job. Drinking a cup of java while pondering that gulf might be appropriate.
Which brings us to Alan Turing, the godfather of the modern computer. He suggested a simple test to determine “intelligence.” He didn’t define the term either, by the way. What he said was put a person in a room and let them interact with a human, or machine, in a limited way (like through text only) and let them ask questions.
Today, this remains the best test we have of machine intelligence.
Here’s the problem. What kind of person are you going to put in that room. For instance, if you put my mother in law, she’s likely to think that the navigator voice in the GPS is already intelligent. You should see the conversations they have while we drive along.
If you put some genius, like Doug Hofstadter or Doug Lenat in that room, chances are they can ask one question and game over.
So, next time you think of the Turing Test, also consider who you are going to put in that room. If you’re scientifically oriented, then you want a “standard” human. Good luck!
In the meantime, I’m going to get some coffee.