Alan Turing

About Alan Turing

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Alan Turing (1912-1954) was a brilliant mathematician, World War II code-breaker, founder of computer science, philosopher and theoretical biologist.

His pre-war work laid down the theoretical plan for a programmable computer (“On Computable Numbers, with an Application to the Entscheidungsproblem”), and after the war he was closely involved in the design and programming of the world’s earliest computing machines. He designed the ACE (Automatic Computing Engine) built by the UK Government, wrote programming manuals, published papers on mathematical biology and founded the discipline of artificial intelligence.

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

"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."

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

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

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