Can Computers Be Intelligent?

In 1950, Alan Turing, a British mathematician, proposed a method to determine if a computer possesses artificial intelligence. His method, known as the Turing Test, involves an interrogator asking questions through a computer terminal to two subjects whom he cannot see. For the computer programmer, the object of the test is to fool the interrogator, making him believe that both subjects are human, when, in actuality, one is a computer.

As the interrogator, you must determine what questions will help you to distinguish the person from the computer.

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Some of my Favorite Questions Submitted | 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997


A few of my favorites:

A lot of questions are constantly repeated:
"What is the meaning of life?"
"Why is the sky blue?"
"How are you?"
"Is OJ guilty?"
"Which came first, the chicken or the egg?"
"What word rhymes with Orange?"
"What is love?" and "How does love feel?"
"Boxers or briefs?"
"Who is your best friend?"

Then, there were the more interesting ones; using jokes is a common theme:
"If the sky was red, what color would the smurfs be? Why?" - Anthony Romano
"Do you prefer open minds or only open preferred minds?" - Eric
"Paper or plastic?" - Jesse Wilson
"Please respond only when I say 'Simon Says'." - Jason Wilkins
"Do you think that I should undergo an operation to remove my brain and install a computer in my head?" - Steffen L. Norgren
"Why is it that my old car didn't have a scratch for 10 years whereas I had a head-on collision in my brand new Ferrari a week after I bought it?" - Asim Razzaq
"If 7-11s are open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, why do the doors have locks?" - Raul Mendoza
"When you choke a smurf, what color does it turn?" - Cédric Sicot
"If tin whistles are made of tin, what do you make fog horns out of?" - Rich Ryba
"Do robots/androids dream of electronic sheep?" - Ben and Ann
"Why is Rhode Island neither a road nor an island?" - C.L. MacInnis
"Why isn't phonetic spelled the way it sounds?" - Steven Altenburg
"Why does it rain only cats and dogs and not any other animals?" - Alan Macholtz
"What makes Teflon stick to the pan?" - John Blandford
"If you had to be a pickle, would you be kosher or dill?" - William O. Hazzard

And, of course, the ones more difficult to program:
"Tell me about your childhood." - Kirsten Sjostedt
"How are you feeling today?" - Alison Hege
"If I were your brother, who would be our mother?" - Andrew Hines
"Do you like to eat?" - JT
"Why is it raining?" - Tim Browse
"What is the worst thing about shaving?" - Fran
"What tastes sweeter, honey or sugar?" - Jo Sullivan
"If information could be completely free, would it lead to the betterment of mankind, or its detriment?" - Bryce Lynch
"How big is Canada?" - John
"Which of your parents do you love best?" - Sean Denmark
"Is there a God?" - Karla Garcia
"What two physical human actions do the letters 'X' and 'O' represent?" - Robert E. Jacobi Jr.
"Who is the prettiest girl you have ever seen? - Justin Marthaler
"How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?" - Tim Hagman and Matt
"What question should I ask that will allow me to determine if you're a machine or human?" - Hugh Loebner
"You have a lamp, a fireplace, and a candle, but only one match. Which do you light first?"
"On what planet in our solar system can you best breathe?"
"Where is the Eiffel Tower?" - Levantis Christophe
"Which key is to the left of the T on the keyboard?" - Josh Metcalf
"Who did you go to the prom with?" - Kirk Tarou
"Est-ce que vous parler francais?" - Doug Brown
"What is your earliest memory?" - Simeon
"What is the most romantic encounter you have ever experienced?" - Robert E. Jacobi, Jr.

And, naturally, variations on a theme:
"When were you born?" - and other questions about family members and relationships
Questions about current events
Favorite flower, movie, actor, hot or cold shower...


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