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Can machines think?

In '2001: A Space Odyssey', Arthur C. Clarke speaks of a space mission to Jupiter, manned by three astronauts and the HAL 9000 supercomputer, supposedly infallible. As the spacecraft travels towards it's destination, HAL alerts the team leader to the impending failure of the AE-35 transmission unit, which keeps the radio antenna pointed at Earth.

When the unit is brought in for testing, the astronauts find it to be in perfect working condition. Faced with this error by a supposedly error-free machine, the astronauts decide to disconnect HAL and continue the mission without him.

HAL, programmed to ensure the success of the mission and faced with the threat of elimination, decides to eliminate the human crew first. However, he is not entirely successful - the team leader survives, and succeeds in disconnecting HAL from his memory banks as HAL begs for his "life".

In 1950, Alan Turing proposed what has come to be known as the "Turing test" for artificial intelligence. In the Turing test, an interviewer in one room is conversing with a computer and a human, located in another room. The computer is said to possess "intelligence" if the interviewer is unable to detect any difference between the answers of the two.

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