I’ve spent the last 25 years of my life studying the human mind. It’s not my career, but it is my hobby and fascination. Cognitive Science gets a flashy reputation as that branch of science dedicated to creating an Artificial Intelligence. That’s not necessarily the goal, though.
Succeeding in the Cognitive Science craft is just the first step towards a clinical understanding of the Mind. A good example is the Turing Test. This is the version I learned.
The Test is designed to quantify the moment that an artificial intelligence is created. Place subjects at terminals, connected invisibly to other terminals. The subjects may ask any number of uncensored questions. Two or more terminals respond. One is the computer intelligence being tested, the others are used by humans.
If, at the end of questioning, a determination cannot be made as to the identity of the computer intelligence, AI will be born. You may be familiar with a variation on this test used in Blade Runner. Great scene, btw
The Turing Test has fallen somewhat behind current research. Expert systems and programs that mimic anti-social behavior can pass a limited Turing Test. We have become very good at simulating the narrow field of the tortured mind. It’s a testimony to the primitive level of our technology, not some inherent need to examine our disorders. these systems are proving to be quite beneficial in researching treatments for various mental diseases.
Say, for instance, that we did manage to create a device that could pass the Turing Test without restrictions. What have we gained? We now have a thinking rational model for the mind.
Purple Orchid. Your mind automatically formed an image of this very pretty flower. Now, we turn to our Artificial Mind and present the same stimulus. Instead of just seeing the result, we can now map out the specific pathways involved in cognition. By overlaying these maps on what we know of thinking through traditional methods, we can form a more complete understanding of the Mind’s Symphony.
Green Grass. Come, sit on my lawn for a moment before you go. 🙂
There is one ringer in this picture, an inside joke, do you get it?