In particular, Hal’s creators’ aim was the gold standard of so-called “General Purpose AI,” that Hal become “Turing capable”－able to “pass” as human in a sustained and unstructured conversation with a human being.
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While his programmers provided the hardware, the structure of Hal’s processing networks is ever changing, evolving according to basic rules laid down by his creators.
Success according to various criteria－speed of operation, ability to solve difficult tasks such as facial recognition and the identification of emotional states in humans－means that the networks are given more computer resources and allowed to “replicate.” A certain percentage of randomized variation is deliberately allowed in each new “generation” of networks.