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Alan Turing

Alan Turing is one of the founders of information theory, but he was also a tragic figure. He is famous for the Turing test, and for contributions to artificial intelligence. Alan Turing’s ideas are also a contribution to philosophy, because he makes a simple distinction between solvable and unsolvable problems: If a problem can be broken down into simple steps, and after solving these smaller questions, we have a general answer, then a machine can eventually solve it. If this is not doable, then the problem is philosophical and requires a different approach. Biography (from the BBC Website) “Alan Turing...

A. M. Turing: Computing Machinery and Intelligence. 1950

Source: Mind 49: 433-460. 1. The Imitation Game I propose to consider the question, “Can machines think?” This should begin with definitions of the meaning of the terms “machine” and “think.” The definitions might be framed so as to reflect so far as possible the normal use of the words, but this attitude is dangerous, If the meaning of the words “machine” and “think” are to be found by examining how they are commonly used it is difficult to escape the conclusion that the meaning and the answer to the question, “Can machines think?” is to be sought in a...