A one-handed Turing Test, sort of

Alan Turing, with one hand visible

A modified, kinda-sorta version of the Turing Test (to see whether a computer’s behavior is on a par with that of a human), involving a handshake, will be conducted at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. The Jerusalem Post reports:

Turing proposed that the inability of a human interrogator to distinguish between answers provided by a person and those provided by a computer would indicate that the computer could think intelligently. However, the “Turing test” is limited to the linguistic aspects of machine intelligence.

Karniel said the ultimate test must also involve motor intelligence, encouraging the design and construction of a humanoid robot with abilities indistinguishable from those of a human. “The handshake is of interest not merely as a reduced version of the ultimate humanoid test, but also due to its bidirectional nature, in which both sides actively shake hands and explore each other,” he explained.

(Thanks to investigator Jan Stradowski for bringing this to our attention.)