For thousands of years, human beings have asked whether free will is possible in a deterministic universe. This talk investigates the role of determinism and randomness in free will, and shows that even when our decisions arise from a completely deterministic decision-making process the outcomes of that process are intrinsically unpredictable -- especially to ourselves. I propose a `Turing test' for free will: a decision maker -- human, computer, or smart phone -- who passes this test will tend to believe that she, he, or it possesses free will, whether the world is deterministic or not.

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