[Computational Complexity] A new way to educate the public
- How well known is the concept of the Turing Test? Readers of this blog know what it is. On Google it gets 2,360,000 hits. It has a Wikipedia entry: here. None of these mean that the public knows what it is.
I didn't think it was well known. However, in Roger Ebert's review of the movie X-men Origins: Wolverine he titles the review
A monosyllabic superhero who wouldn't pass the Turing Test.In the review he never mentions the Turing Test or what it means. Does he expect his readers to know? Do they? Does the general public know what the Turing Test is? Will readers of the Ebert's column go to Wikipedia to find out? Might this be a way to educate people?
CHALLENGE TO MY READERS: find a movie whose review could illustrate a computer science or math concept. Here is one:The Usual Suspects:
As complicated an enjoyable as the classical proof of van der Waerden's theorem.
Posted By GASARCH to Computational Complexity at 5/04/2009 11:03:00 AM