‘Can Digital Computers Think?’, by Alan Turing (BBC Talk, 1951)

In these notes prepared for his BBC talk, Turing explains that computers will be capable to think, and that we will “teach” them to do so. Conversely, he speaks against humanoid robots, which he compares to “unpleasant” artificial flowers: machines should only imitate logical thought and nothing else. Regarding his belief that computers could and should think, Turing adds quite unpretentiously: “This only represents my opinion; there is plenty of room for others.”


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Courtesy of the Turing Digital Archives 


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