NIAS Wednesday Discussion: "From Turing Test to Humanoid Citizenship: An Intelligence Race between Machine and its Maker?" by L M Patnaik, Lecture Hall, NIAS, 0930 hrs

NIAS Wednesday Discussion


From Turing Test to Humanoid Citizenship:

An Intelligence Race between Machine and its Maker?



L M Patnaik

Adjunct Professor and INSA Senior Scientist,

Consciousness Studies Program, NIAS 


Chairperson: Nithin Nagaraj, Assistant Professor, Consciousness Studies Programme, NIAS,


22nd November, 2017, 9.30 am, Lecture Hall, NIAS


Abstract:  Ever since the concept of stored program computers was advocated by John von Neumann, computer architecture has witnessed phenomenal advance yielding unparalleled performance improvement in terms of speed  of execution of programs. Almost around the same time, Alan Turing discussed the concept of building intelligent machines and testing their intelligence. Later John McCarthy proposed the concept of Artificial Intelligence at a Conference in 1956.Since then machine intelligence has witnessed roller coaster of success and setbacks; including recent thrilling news of a humanoid Sophia being granted citizenship in Saudi Arabia. Several interesting contributions have been made in expert systems, neural networks, machine learning including deep learning algorithm, natural language processing…Significant features attributed  to intelligence are being better implemented in computers. The intelligence race between the computers on one side and their creators on the other side is getting more curious and competitive.  The rapid deployment of artificial intelligence raises a host of ethical, social, psychological, regulatory and policy issues those need to be addressed by researchers across disciplines.


About the Speaker: L M Patnaik is currently engaged in understanding issues related to machine cognition. Presently he mentors students and faculty members working in Data Science, Internet of Things, Cyber Physical Systems, High Performance Computing, and Soft Computing. He has been teaching Computer Science and Engineering since 1971. He has been an Honorary Professor with the Department of Electronic Systems Engineering (DESE) of IISc. In 2016, he  has co-edited  two books, one in  the area of Cyber Physical Systems (CRC Press) and another one in the area  of Utility Computing (IGI Global); other than publishing in the above areas (  or



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Wednesday, November 22, 2017