POEM: Turing Test

Let us propose a game.
A man and a woman, call them A and B, go out of the room.
A third party, man or woman, call them C, proposes questions
transmitted in writing.
The purpose of the questions: To determine which party,
A or B, is the man, and which party, B or A, is the woman.
A and B shall both attempt to deceive C
by giving answers appropriate to the opposite sex.
Now, let us consider this question:
Is a man who loves other men
a man or a woman?

Let us propose a variation.
Here is a computing machine, call it A.
Here is a human person, call them B.
A third party, call them C, proposes questions
transmitted in writing.
The purpose of the questions: To determine which party,
A or B, is the computer, and which party, B or A, is the human being.
Can a computing machine convince a human being
that it also is a human being?
Now, let us consider this question:
Is a man who loves other men
a human being?

Here is a man, a person, a human being.
He is very good with computers.
He served his country in the war.
He fell in love with a man
that he met in front of the cinema.
They committed acts of gross indecency.
Is a man who loves other men
a man or a woman? Is he
a hero or a traitor? Is he
a human being or an object of gross indecency?
Was his death a suicide or an accident?
This is the Turing test.

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