Alan Turing Quotes

A quotes list created by Lee Sonogan

After finding Alan Turing mementos in Colorado, U.S. wants to return seized  items to U.K. school – The Denver Post

Sharing a few of his quotes before, the following will be an ultimate list! If you have not seen the movie reviewed below, the story of Turing gave as the computing power we needed. Looking further into what he personally wrote, the mathematician was more poetic than I official thought. Also predicting a lot in this documentary I recently consumed >

  • 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
  • Sometimes it is the people no one can imagine anything of who do the things no one can imagine. – Alan Turing
  • We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done. – Alan Turing
  • A computer would deserve to be called intelligent if it could deceive a human into believing that it was human. – Alan Turing
  • We are not interested in the fact that the brain has the consistency of cold porridge. – 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of who do the things that no-one can imagine
  • 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
  • Programming is a skill best acquired by practice and example rather than from books. – Alan Turing
  • A man provided with paper, pencil, and rubber, and subject to strict discipline, is in effect a universal machine. – Alan Turing
  • Codes are a puzzle. A game, just like any other game. – Alan Turing
  • Science is a differential equation. Religion is a boundary condition. Alan Turing
  • A very large part of space-time must be investigated, if reliable results are to be obtained. – 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. – Alan Turing

If you did not decide to get more details in the link provided above, he played a key role in WW2. Other fun facts include trying out for the Olympics. There is a conspiracy out there his death was self-inflicted with poison due to his prosecution by the British government of that time. Invented the Turing Test which measures the artificial intelligence.

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