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Alan Turing

  • English mathematician
  • Born June 23, 1912
  • Died June 7, 1954

Alan Mathison Turing (; 23 June 1912 – 7 June 1954) was an English mathematician, computer scientist, logician, cryptanalyst, philosopher and theoretical biologist. Turing was highly influential in the development of theoretical computer science, providing a formalisation of the concepts of algorithm and computation with the Turing machine, which can be considered a model of a general-purpose computer. Turing is widely considered to be the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence.


Machines take me by surprise with great frequency.




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.




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




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




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.




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




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



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