The Conference

The aim of the conference is to facilitate dialogue between researchers in philosophy of mind, cognitive science and informatics by providing a venue to present their research on an area of common interest. Members of under-represented groups are particularly encouraged to participate. The conference focuses on the role that the Turing Test has played, and above all can still play, in artificial intelligence research. Ever since it was proposed in 1950, the Turing Test has been a major focus of philosophers and computer scientists alike. Focus on creating AI that can pass the Turing Test has been matched by debate about the adequacy of the Turing Test as a useful measure. Today, the Turing Test is more relevant than ever, as big data and machine learning approaches have made natural-language processing AIs both much more sophisticated and much more prevalent in everyday experience than ever. The conference will address questions such as what modern technological advances can tell us about the Turing Test, what the test can actually measure, and which properties and abilities could be identified with well-designed variations of the Turing Test. Example topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Objections to the Turing Test;
  • How difficult is the Turing Test?;
  • Variations of the Turing Test;
  • The Turing Test and consciousness;
  • The future of the Turing Test.
Invited Keynote Speakers
  • Susan Sterrett, Wichita State University
  • Diane Proudfoot, University of Canterbury
  • Paul Schweizer, University of Edinburgh
  • Huma Shah, Coventry University
Venue and Date
  • November 15th-16th
  • The University of Edinburgh, Informatics Forum G.07
To register follow this link and follow the instructions
Nick Novelli and Nicola Damassino (PhD students, University of Edinburgh, School of Philosophy, Psychology, and Language Sciences)
The conference receives a generous financial support from the Scots Philosophical Association, the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance, the EIDYN Centre, and the Aristotelian Society.


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