Turing Test: passed

Do Feelings Compute? If Not, The Turing Test Doesn’t Mean Much
by Geoff Nunberg
July 01, 2014

At an event held at the Royal Society in London, for the first time ever, a computer passed the Turing Test, which is widely taken as the benchmark for saying a machine is engaging in intelligent thought.
But like the other much-hyped triumphs of artificial intelligence, this one wasn’t quite what it appeared.
Computers can do things that seem quintessentially human, but they usually take a different path to get there.
IBM’s Deep Blue mastered chess not by refining its intuitions but by evaluating hundreds of millions of positions per second.
Watson won at Jeopardy not by wide reading but by swallowing all of Wikipedia

The Turing Test Is Not What You Think It Is
by Alva Noë
June 13, 2014


Turing Tests in Creative Arts

Why A Regular Bedtime Is Important For Children

Why A Regular Bedtime Is Important For Children
December 16, 2013

Children who have irregular bed times are more likely to have behavioral issues than children who have a regular bedtime routine.
A survey of 10,00 children showed that irregular bedtimes are linked with difficulties such as hyperactivity, acting out and being emotionally withdrawn.
Researchers think inconsistent bedtimes probably affect young children like jet lag.

Yvonne Kelly, from University College, London, has been studying all the tiny details surrounding bedtime in thousands of homes in the U.K.

Children with late bedtimes and non-regular bedtimes were more likely to have behavioral difficulties:
things to do with hyperactivity and conduct problems. So hitting people and acting out, and not getting on with peers, and being emotionally withdrawn.

biological clock deep inside the brain, the suprachiasmatic nucleus.
This tiny cluster of nerve cells, no bigger than a grain of rice, is super-sensitive to sunlight and other light coming in through our eyes. At the end of the day, when the ambient light starts to fade, a brain hormone called melatonin starts to rise, causing drowsiness.

children have this rise in melatonin much earlier in the evening than say, teenagers or adults. And that the natural time for young children to fall asleep is somewhere between 7 and 8 p.m.
So, advises Rosenberg, it’s really important to start turning off light sources, such as all those electronics, a half hour or so before the desired bedtime.

RUSSELL ROSENBERG (a sleep researcher): The light exposure from either a television screen or a computer screen can have an impact on suppressing melatonin. You know, you don’t want melatonin suppression as the child is getting ready for bed.