November 30, 2016

Alan Turing Quotes

“A computer would deserve to be called intelligent if it could deceive a human into believing that it was human.”

“A man provided with paper, pencil, and rubber, and subject to strict discipline, is in effect a universal machine.”

“I believe that at the end of the century the use of words and general educated opinion will have altered so much that one will be able to speak of machines thinking without expecting to be contradicted.”

“I propose to consider the question, ‘Can machines think?”

“Instruction tables will have to be made up by mathematicians with computing experience and perhaps a certain puzzle-solving ability. There need be no real danger of it ever becoming a drudge, for any processes that are quite mechanical may be turned over to the machine itself.”

“Machines take me by surprise with great frequency.”

“Mathematical reasoning may be regarded rather schematically as the exercise of a combination of two facilities, which we may call intuition and ingenuity.”

“No, I’m not interested in developing a powerful brain. All I’m after is just a mediocre brain, something like the President of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company.”

“Science is a differential equation. Religion is a boundary condition.”

“The idea behind digital computers may be explained by saying that these machines are intended to carry out any operations which could be done by a human computer.”

“Unless in communicating with it one says exactly what one means, trouble is bound to result.”

“We are not interested in the fact that the brain has the consistency of cold porridge.”

“We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done.”