TA Playlist Podcast Episode 8 - The Turing Test

By Mark Delaney,
This past month was massive according to the stats page in the TA Playlist Hub. Of course, many of those being tracked on site were just playing the latest Games with Gold freebie, but judging by our excellent month of community forum chatter, it's safe to call The Turing Test a riveting choice for the event. Join Kevin, Sam, and Mark (I'm never sure if I should write in third person here) as they wrap up another engaging month with the TA Playlist faithful.

In this episode, we discuss the game's moral dilemma, weigh its merits as an artificial intelligence thinkpiece and argue whether this machine does or does not have a soul. With great commentary from the community, it's obvious by the end that Turing is nothing if not thought-provoking.

As the topic of AI is a very special hobby horse of mine personally, I wanted to also call your attention to some extracurricular media on the topic. Artificial intelligence, if it were to ever reach superintelligent levels (far outpacing human capacity) would change the world forever, and not necessarily in a good way. There are a lot of think tanks and scientists working to resolve this issue before it can really become one because by then it may be too late.

The subject isn't entirely pessimistic though, as some, like Ray Kurzweil, believe AI will usher in a new dawn of human progress. Below you can find a few crucial pieces of media if you're interested to learn more. TA Playlist is a conversation above all else. This month was immensely rewarding to have this conversation with all of you who participated. Let's keep the conversation going.

Lastly, I'd like to personally thank DaveKinetic for saving this episode. We ran into some technical difficulties (which is why it's appearing online later than usual) and without his efforts to fix our show, we'd be without one at all for November. Thanks again Dave!

Thanks for listening, and don't forget to join us for December's game, Assassin's Creed Origins.
Mark Delaney
Written by Mark Delaney
Mark is a Boston native now living in Portland, Oregon. He has written for GameSkinny, Gamesradar and the Official Xbox Magazine. He runs the family-oriented gaming site Game Together.