Turing, Tracy and Hepburn
@dave – lots of food for thought
Anyone who knows and likes the film Desk Set has a great deal of smarts and good taste. It works on many, many levels as social and scientific testimony.
And you're right, we need a better test for AI, such as it is evolving.
What might work? A test for how a problem is approached and solved, and the ability to be a good observer. The second one might give computers some problems if they can't see the entire room/environment and interpret actions and artifacts. So, speaking and vision would be needed, and a wide corpus of "personal" knowledge and "associations" to other things would be required as well. Reporting it in a coherent and meaningful way is also critical.
Was curious about: "How could its developers conceive of the revolution that was to come when computers were still using vacuum tubes?"
Isn't that what separates the visionaries from the rest of us? Maybe Turing wasn't the best visionary, even though he was a superb scientist.
Best visionary example in that era: Dr. Vannevar Bush and the MEMEX, which in 1945, he predicted, accurately, the need for a digital desktop for the retrieval and processing of information – which was growing in ever large amounts even then. He saw the need for relational databases and personalized information retrieval. As head of the US Office of Scientific Research and Development during WWII, Bush oversaw all science and technology for the war effort – and maybe had a better grasp of what was to come. For further info see Wikipedia
We were privileged to have both Turing, Bush, and all the other scientists surrounding them.