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Friday, January 23, 2009

Human-Like Abilities in Animals: Tools

According to Wired:
Tool use was once thought to distinguish humans from animal — until, that is, so many animals proved able to use them.
We know a million monkeys banging on keyboards might produce a short story. But it wouldn't be publishable on FFO. So there!

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Human-Like Abilities in Machines

As a software engineer and an occasional writer of robot stories, I found this article interesting. Says New Scientist: Nowadays, although UK mathematician Alan Turing's test is still relevant, and unbeaten, new forms of it have evolved. In this online special, New Scientist discovers the different ways in which machines can be tested for human-like abilities - and how close they have come to passing as one of us."

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