Ghost in the Well

Thoughts on AI

The Ghost in the Well

Is it time to update the Turing Test?

Instead of communicating through a computer, what if we had someone stranded in a well, so dark and so deep we couldn’t see them. So far down we could only hear their cries, but not their words.

If we could only communicate by sending the water bucket up and down, how could we know if they were human, or artificial?

What level of human-seeming do we need to send the rescue works down into the depths? Are they hurt? can we tell with limited information, when would we call the diggers in to tear apart the well and rescue them?

And if we believed them fake? Would we leave them there? Return to discuss things with them? Strand them only with the one point of contact, staring up to the point of light that might be sky, sun or moon?

—Stacie - May 22nd 2017

Documentation for Mycroft Core
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