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August 22nd, 2009

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Passing the Turing Test?

The link below will take you to a page that generates postmodern texts:

www.elsewhere.org/pomo/

It is explained thusly:

The essay you have just seen is completely meaningless and was randomly generated by the Postmodernism Generator. ....

The Postmodernism Generator was written by Andrew C. Bulhak using the Dada Engine, a system for generating random text from recursive grammars, and modified very slightly by Josh Larios (this version, anyway. There are others out there).

This installation of the Generator has delivered 3814164 essays since 25/Feb/2000 18:43:09 PST, when it became operational. It is being served from a machine in Seattle, Washington, USA.

 
So, at first I thought, Dude!  We have passed the Turing Test!  Then I realized that: 
a) Turing did not propose his test as a means of detecting intelligence in a computer; and
b) Simulating a pomo scholar would not be pertinent, anyway. 
 


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