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  • Educator Alex Gendler
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Additional Resources for you to Explore
To find out more, you can read Turing’s original paper that started it all. Then take a look at actual transcripts of conversations with early chatbots, as well as more recent Loebner prize winners. For a well-known criticism of the ideas behind the Turing Test, read John Searle’s paper on the Chinese Room thought experiment. Finally, for a closer look at the many elements and strategies involved in both human and computer conversations, check out Brian Christian’s book The Most Human Human.

TED-Ed also has some great lessons on robots - take some time and find out more about robots below!
Make robots smarter –Ayanna Howard
Can robots be creative? - Gil Weinberg
4 lessons from robots about being human - Ken Goldberg