In 1950, pioneering computer scientist Alan Turing proposed the question “can machines think?” He felt that if a machine could imitate humans closely enough to fool them into thinking it was a human, it passed the “Turing test.” As today’s devices pack more powerful processors and sensors, they have become much smarter. But, can they pass the Turing test? And if they can think and behave like humans, what will this mean for us?
As devices begin to see and hear in 3D and as machine learning allows them to perceive and process that information like humans, new worlds of possibilities open. Robots, cars, and other devices will become autonomous, anticipating outcomes far faster and more accurately. Devices will also have the intelligence to think with us, rather than for us.