A turing-like handshake test for motor intelligence

Amir Karniel, Ilana Nisky, Guy Avraham, Bat Chen Peles, Shelly Levy-Tzedek

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In the Turing test, a computer model is deemed to "think intelligently" if it can generate answers that are not distinguishable from those of a human. This test is limited to the linguistic aspects of machine intelligence. A salient function of the brain is the control of movement, with the human hand movement being a sophisticated demonstration of this function. Therefore, we propose a Turing-like handshake test, for machine motor intelligence. We administer the test through a telerobotic system in which the interrogator is engaged in a task of holding a robotic stylus and interacting with another party (human, artificial, or a linear combination of the two). Instead of asking the interrogator whether the other party is a person or a computer program, we employ a forced-choice method and ask which of two systems is more human-like. By comparing a given model with a weighted sum of human and artificial systems, we fit a psychometric curve to the answers of the interrogator and extract a quantitative measure for the computer model in terms of similarity to the human handshake.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHaptics
Subtitle of host publicationGenerating and Perceiving Tangible Sensations - International Conference, EuroHaptics 2010, Proceedings
Number of pages8
EditionPART 1
StatePublished - 6 Aug 2010
EventInternational Conference on Haptics: Generating and Perceiving Tangible Sensations, EuroHaptics 2010 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 8 Jul 201010 Jul 2010

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
NumberPART 1
Volume6191 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


ConferenceInternational Conference on Haptics: Generating and Perceiving Tangible Sensations, EuroHaptics 2010


  • Diagnostics
  • Discrete
  • Haptics
  • Human Machine Interface
  • Motor Behavior
  • Motor Control
  • Perception
  • Rhythmic
  • Teleoperation
  • Turing test

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science (all)


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