Alan Turing Quotes

Alan Mathison Turing OBE FRS (/?tj??r??/; 23 June 1912 – 7 June 1954) was an English computer scientist, mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst and theoretical biologist. He 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

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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


One day ladies will take their computers for walks in the park and tell each other, "My little computer said such a funny thing this morning".

Alan Turing


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

Alan Turing


Machines take me by surprise with great frequency.

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


Mathematical reasoning may be regarded...

Alan Turing


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

Alan Turing


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

Alan Turing


It seems probable that once the machine thinking method had started, it would not take long to outstrip our feeble powersâ?¦ 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


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

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


Bell Labs Cafeteria, New York, 1943: His high pitched voice already stood out above the general murmur of well-behaved junior executives grooming themselves for promotion within the Bell corporation. Then he was suddenly heard to say: "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


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

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


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

Alan Turing