It is my belief that the Turing test is a “red herring”, which is not to say that society might not benefit in any number of ways from an AI that passes the Turing test. I also recognize that the pursuit of the Turing test stimulates development, also in any number of ways.
The Turing test is a red herring; because, it is a distraction from the more urgent necessities of developing AI that are not only helpful to people, without fooling them in any way, but from the even greater task of developing AIs that will surpass humans in any number of specific domains or verticals, within this century. For instance, a computer system with access to all of recorded history could very likely predict outcomes better than mere mortals, in other words know what people will most likely do before the people themselves know.
In general, the benefits of artificial intelligence are clear to me, especially when coupled with the coming “Internet of things”, sensors etc. Arbitrating infinitely complex environmental management tasks, such as effectively addressing global warming and climate change, obviously requires intelligence superior to that of humanity….