Question 2 the assignment is in HW pdf file. It’s 500-word on video clips. CS 3162 – Dr. DeGroot’s Class Homework 2: The Lonely & The Turing Test Due: Sa

Question 2 the assignment is in HW pdf file. It’s 500-word on video clips. CS 3162 – Dr. DeGroot’s Class
Homework 2: The Lonely & The Turing Test
Due: Sa

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Question 2 the assignment is in HW pdf file. It’s 500-word on video clips. CS 3162 – Dr. DeGroot’s Class
Homework 2: The Lonely & The Turing Test
Due: Saturday night, September 11, 2021, by midnight


1. Make sure you are familiar with the well-known Turing Test for AI, and not just superficially, but
in some depth. You can find tons of information online and/or on our eLearning site if you’re
unfamiliar with it.

2. Watch the full-length version of the Twilight Zone episode called, The Lonely
The Lonely: Full Video (
(Actually, you’ll have to watch it in the three segments that are on eLearning, as I can no longer
find the fill-length version anywhere.)

3. Prepare a short essay that discusses some or all of the following issues/points. You can argue
pro or con, but please support your arguments with referential material, not solely opinion.

4. Write at least 500 words on this subject, using the following questions as starting discussion


There is a famous episode of the Twilight Zone TV series called The Lonely. It is considered by many to
be one of the all-time, top 10 episodes of The Twilight Zone of which there were 156. Even more, it is
probably one of the most quoted and referred to movies in modern AI texts that deal with AI and
robots. (This is Episode 7 of Season 1.)

The main impact of the story relates to intelligent robots, AI, the Turing Test, artificial emotions, artificial
consciousness, ethics & AI, human-machine relationships, the uncanny valley, and more. We will discuss
many of these topics as we progress through this course.

There are numerous questions we can explore in this short film, but one of the most obvious concerns
the Turing Test, ethics, and the robot Alicia. As you watch, ask yourself whether Alicia passes the Turing
Test. Many people will automatically say she does. If so, how does she, and perhaps more importantly,
when does she. If she didn’t pass it, how did Corry come to consider her (it??) to be a human, as he
strongly proclaims to the supply ship’s captain Allenby at the end? Corry even proclaims that Alicia is his
wife; “She’s a woman!” he exclaims! How does this happen, given that he initially detests her, believes
she mocks him, and is furious that earthlings even sent him a robot? And note that he was earlier given
that old touring car jalopy – another machine — for company/amusement; this is to remind us that Alicia
is also a machine, albeit of a significantly different sort – but still a machine, as Allenby reminds Corry at
the end of the film.

If interested, search the web for some phrase such as this: “why the Turing Test is useless.” You will find
lots of materials that attack this test as being of little use given today’s particular technological
advancements. Although there is a video on our eLearning site of an interview with famed AI scientist
Marvin Minsky. You might enjoy watching it: Marvin Minsky on AI: The Turing Test is a Joke! (Because it
is quite slow, you might want to fast-forward to around 17:40. BTW, Prof. Minsky was Ray Kurzweil’s
Ph.D. advisor at MIT.)

Or you could check out this article: The Trouble With The Turing Test, published in the New Atlantis.

But note that this is just one of many articles critical of the Turing Test. You can find many more.

As we enter deeper into the age of “intelligent” and “emotional” robots – industrial, educational,
infrastructural, retail, safety, companions, et al – will we force them prove their intelligence to us, or is
intelligence an aspect of being-ness that we will simply attribute to them. And how exactly will we
define “intelligence” if the Turing Test is really no help? Perhaps even more difficult, is consciousness
something that humans must prove to us, or is it too something we simply attribute to them? We have
no way to accurately define or even test for consciousness. Are animals conscious and self-aware? How
would you know?

So, when and how will we merely attribute these qualities to robots, or will we make them prove them
to us? (What did Corry do with Alicia?) Check out The Lonely to get some ideas, and prepare a short
essay on these questions and your thoughts, or on other questions and concepts you’re more intrigued

Here are some questions I’d like you to consider addressing:

1. What are some of the ironic statements that Corry makes at the beginning of the film that turn
out differently than what he believes? What does this tell us about human nature and ethics?

2. Was it ethical for Allenby to shoot Aleisha at the end of the film? Did he have good, rational
reasons for doing so? Why or why not? If Aleisha were a human, would your answers differ?

3. Was it murder for Allenby to shoot Aleisha? Should it be illegal to kill/terminate robots or other
conscious AIs such as Aleisha?

4. Was Corry’s reaction to Allenby’s shooting of Aleisha credible given the rest of the film and
Corry’s statements about loving Aleisha, that she’s a woman, his wife, etc.? Is his reaction
explainable? Would you react similarly?

5. Is Aleisha really just a machine? How can you make that determination? Consider carbon-based
machines (like us) vs. silicon-based machines.

6. What if you work on a project that produces what is deemed by you (and possibly others) to be
a conscious, emotional being, and then you are called to terminate the project for business
reasons and to destroy these conscious, emotional “beings” your group has created?
Remember, you will likely have interacted with them numerous times, formed
friendships/relationships, shared jokes and experiences with them, etc.

7. Would artificially conscious (real or computed) robots have the moral/ethical right to claim
personhood? Would we have the moral/ethical right to deny their claims if we don’t like them?

8. What issues can you think of that might impact your professional responsibilities in your career
as a Computer Scientist?

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