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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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What Did Alan Turing Mean by “Machine”?

What Did Alan Turing Mean by “Machine”?

(p.75) 5 What Did Alan Turing Mean by “Machine”?
The Mechanical Mind in History

Andrew Hodges

The MIT Press

This chapter focuses on the title of Alan Turing’s unpublished 1948 report “Intelligent Machinery” to explore what Turing intended by an “intelligent machine.” Turing saw central roles for new digital computers in the development of machine intelligence and in the exploration of brain mechanisms through simulations, both of which came to pass. It is argued that although the central thrust of Turing’s thought was that the action of brains, like that of any machine, could be captured by classical computation, he was aware that there were potential problems in connecting computability with physical reality.

Keywords:   intelligent machine, machine intelligence, digital computers, brain mechanisms

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