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The Mechanical Mind in History$
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Phil Husbands, Owen Holland, and Michael Wheeler

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262083775

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262083775.001.0001

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Alan Turing’s Mind Machines

Alan Turing’s Mind Machines

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(p.61) 4 Alan Turing’s Mind Machines
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The Mechanical Mind in History
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Donald Michie

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262083775.003.0004

This chapter provides insights into the development of Alan Turing’s ideas and the early computers that flowed from them. It argues that Turing’s unfashionable and often resisted obsession with tackling combinatorial problems with brute force computation helped to shape the way computers came to be used. It shows that computer analyses of combinatorial domains such as chess, inspired by Turing’s work, are still of great importance today in yielding new approaches to the difficult problem of transparency in complex computer-based decision systems.

Keywords:   computers, machine intelligence, chess, computer analyses, combinatorial problems

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