Variations of the Turing Test in the Age of Internet and Virtual Reality

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Executive Summary

Inspired by Hofstadter's Coffee-House Conversation (1982) and by the science fiction short story SAM by Schattschneider (1988), the authors propose and discuss criteria for non-mechanical intelligence. Firstly, they emphasize the practical need for such tests in view of Massively Multiuser Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPGs) and virtual reality systems like Second Life. Secondly, they demonstrate Second Life as a useful framework for implementing (some iterations of) that test. Artificial Intelligence is often conceived as aiming at simulating or mimicking human intelligence.

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