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A collection of quotes and thoughts by Alan Turing on machines, impossible, game, imitation, intelligence, deserve, computers, code-breaker, brain, fact and dreams.

37 Great Quotes By Alan Turing For The Techies

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Famous As: Mathematician

Born On: June 23, 1912

Died On: June 7, 1954

Born In: Maida Vale

Died At Age: 41

Alan Turing was an eminent English logician, philosopher, computer scientist, theoretical biologist, mathematician and cryptanalyst. He played a vital role in the buildout of theoretical computer science with the Turing machine that formalized the concepts of computation and algorithm. Besides being deemed as the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence, Turing was also an important member of code-breakers in ‘Government Code and Cyber School (GC&CS)’. In 2014, a movie titled ‘The Imitation Game’, popularized his works and life by bagging in the ‘Academy Award’. We bring to you a collection of thoughts, quotable quotes and sayings by the brilliant code-breaker and mathematician. Read through the quotes and sayings by Alan Turing.
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Sometimes it is the people no one can imagine anything of who do the things no one can imagine.

Alan Turing

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

Alan Turing

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

Alan Turing

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

Alan Turing

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

Alan Turing

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

Alan Turing

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.

Alan Turing

Machines take me by surprise with great frequency.

Alan Turing

I have had a dream indicating rather clearly that I am on the way to being hetero, though I don't accept it with much enthusiasm either awake or in the dreams.

Alan Turing

I have such a stressful job that the only way I can get it out of my mind is by running hard.

Alan Turing

I want a permanent relationship, and I might feel inclined to reject anything which of its nature could not be permanent.

Alan Turing

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.

Alan Turing

Mathematical reasoning may be regarded...

Alan Turing

Sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of who do the things that no-one can imagine

Alan Turing

Do you know why people like violence? It is because it feels good. Humans find violence deeply satisfying. But remove the satisfaction, and the act becomes hollow.

Alan Turing

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

Alan Turing

Programming is a skill best acquired by practice and example rather than from books.

Alan Turing

I'm afraid that the following syllogism may be used by some in the future. Turing believes machines think Turing lies with men Therefore machines do not think Yours in distress, Alan

Alan Turing

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.

Alan Turing

No, I'm not interested in developing a powerful brain...

Alan Turing

Codes are a puzzle. A game, just like any other game.

Alan Turing

Sometimes it is the people who no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine.

Alan Turing

Instead of trying to produce a programme to simulate the adult mind, why not rather try to produce one which simulates the child's? If this were then subjected to an appropriate course of education one would obtain the adult brain.

Alan Turing

We may hope that machines will eventually compete with men in all purely intellectual fields.

Alan Turing

If a machine is expected to be infallible, it cannot also be intelligent.

Alan Turing

There is, however, one feature that I would like to suggest should be incorporated in the machines, and that is a 'random element.' Each machine should be supplied with a tape bearing a random series of figures, e.g., 0 and 1 in equal quantities, and this series of figures should be used in the choices made by the machine. This would result in the behaviour of the machine not being by any means completely determined by the experiences to which it was subjected, and would have some valuable uses when one was experimenting with it.

Alan Turing

The original question, 'Can machines think?' I believe to be too meaningless to deserve discussion.

Alan Turing

A very large part of space-time must be investigated, if reliable results are to be obtained.

Alan Turing

It seems probable that once the machine thinking method had started, it would not take long to outstrip our feeble powers… They would be able to converse with each other to sharpen their wits. At some stage therefore, we should have to expect the machines to take control.

Alan Turing

Those who can imagine anything, can create the impossible.

Alan Turing

Mathematical reasoning may be regarded rather schematically as the exercise of a combination of two facilities, which we may call intuition and ingenuity. The activity of the intuition consists in making spontaneous judgements which are not the result of conscious trains of reasoning... The exercise of ingenuity in mathematics consists in aiding the intuition through suitable arrangements of propositions, and perhaps geometrical figures or drawings.

Alan Turing

Sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine

Alan Turing

My little computer said such a funny thing this morning.

Alan Turing

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

Alan Turing

When we want to sink a convoy, we send out an observation plane first... Of course, to observe is not its real duty, we already know exactly where the convoy is. Its real duty is to be observed...Then, when we come round and sink them, the Germans will not find it suspicious.

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