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Alan Turing

February 15, 2013

Alan Turing‘s name comes up quite a bit in discussion of AI and related issues. He was a brilliant mathematician, a pioneering computer scientist, and a man who had more than one important contribution to make to the philosophy of mind: the Turing Machine and the Turing Test are certainly two. He also made vital contributions to the decryption of the Enigma code and thus to the Allied victory in WWII.

Turing’s life ended tragically, though Britain’s government has attempted to make amends of late. David Leavitt’s biography of Turing is good, though not a lot of help when it comes to the philosophical aspects of his thought. Turing’s “Computing Machinery and Intelligence” is difficult but worth the effort.

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