Ian Dixon Potter’s new play The Test, which premieres this month at London’s White Bear Theatre, centres on British computer scientist Alan Turing’s famous test to determine whether a machine can exhibit human intelligence. Below, we’ve gathered five videos also that also centre on the Turing Test – just in case you want to gen up beforehand.
In The Test, a reckless scientist and a computer hacker join forces to hijack the entire internet in an attempt to create the first truly conscious artificial intelligence. They apply the ‘Turing Test’ to assess their creation but who is really being tested? Who will gain the upper hand? The future of humanity hangs in the balance…
The Test is performed by Natasha Killam, Duncan Mason and Zara Banks. The production is directed by Ian Dixon Potter, and has sound and light design by Janet A Cantrill. It runs at the White Bear Theatre from 19 to 30 September 2017.
What exactly is the Turing Test? How did it come about and how does it work?
In June 2014, on the 60th anniversary of Turing’s death, a chatbot called “Eugene Goostman”, purporting to be a 13-year-old boy from Ukraine, attracted international headlines for “passing” the Turing Test. But did it really?
The Turing Test has also played a role in Hollywood sci-fi blockbusters, including Ridley Scott’s 1982 classic Blade Runner, starring Harrison Ford, and more recently, Alex Garland’s 2015 Ex Machina.