Robotization

AI looks beyond the Turing test

Alan Turing and colleagues working on the Ferranti Mark I Computer, 1951.
Alan Turing and colleagues working on the Ferranti Mark I Computer, 1951. Photo: SSPL/Getty Images

In 1950, Alan Turing, whose 106th birthday would have been yesterday, laid out a test that is known in popular culture today as the gold standard for evaluating AI.

What's happening now: As AI researchers notch successes in processing language, playing games, and recognizing images, some of the field's heavyweights are calling for a wider approach to creating intelligent machines and expanding how it is tested.

Tale of the box: Size matters when it comes to automation

Entrance to JD.com's Shanghai warehouse for luxury goods
Entrance to JD.com's Shanghai warehouse for luxury goods. Photo: Steve LeVine/Axios

Shanghai, China: I am inside a 28-meter-tall, 100,000-square-foot Shanghai warehouse stacked almost to the ceiling with boxes stored one atop the other on 60,000 pallets.

Math question: How many workers are needed to process the 50,000 to 100,000 orders that go out of the building every day?