The Turing Test is based on the concept of loading a device with a lot of data and then developing algorithms for it to use this data. This is the way technology has been perceived to be used.
During the past fifty years, we have witness a transformation from data processing to information processing. The difference is in that the technology is not just simply processing data, but it is collecting data and then providing information.
This is all fine and dandy for answering questions, but does provide for a conversation.
To have a conversation requires more than data or information processing, it requires intent.
Where is this conversation going? What do I want to say? Why am I having this conversation? What and why did the other person say this?
The "hunt" for a "thinking machine" does not rest with "thinking" but with machine logic that focuses on what the machine can do and why it should do it, if it at all. This, in my opinion, will come more from the robotics than data driven analytics.
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