23 Alan Turing Quotes To Change Your Perception About Machines

Alan Turing quotes have always been popular for the simplicity and witticism. Born on 23rd June 1912 Alan Mathison Turing was an English mathematician, a logician, and theoretical biologists. Six decades have passed after his death, and his life remains a point of enthrallment, also for people that don’t have a lot of interest in his outstanding work in computer science. At the time of World War 2, he was able to break the German Enigma code that eventually led to victory over Nazi’s. The extent of his work wasn’t well known until after his death.

The incredible impact he had on computer science is now remembered through the annual “Turing Award” and is the highest honor in the industry. “The Imitation Game” is the movie by Benedict Cumberbatch and was based on his life and had received eight nominations in Oscars. Numerous references on his name have been made in various novels and musical albums. His code-breaking strategy at Bletchley Park is credited for shortening the war and in the process save thousands of lives. Here are the best Alan Turing quotes to change your perception about science and machines.

1. We are not interested in the fact that the brain has the consistency of cold porridge. – Alan Turing

2. 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

3. Those who can imagine anything, can create the impossible. – Alan Turing

4. I believe that at the end of the century the use of words and general educated opinion will have altered so much that one will be able to speak of machines thinking without expecting to be contradicted. – Alan Turing

5. A computer would deserve to be called intelligent if it could deceive a human into believing that it was human. – Alan Turing

6. 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

7. I want a permanent relationship, and I might feel inclined to reject anything which of its nature could not be permanent. – Alan Turing

8. The original question, ‘Can machines think?’ I believe to be too meaningless to deserve discussion. – Alan Turing

9. Sometimes it is the people no one can imagine anything of who do the things no one can imagine. – Alan Turing

10. Unless in communicating with it one says exactly what one means, trouble is bound to result. – Alan Turing

11. I have such a stressful job that the only way I can get it out of my mind is by running hard. – Alan Turing

12. 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

13. Programming is a skill best acquired by practice and example rather than from books. – Alan Turing

14. A very large part of space-time must be investigated, if reliable results are to be obtained. – Alan Turing

15. Science is a differential equation. Religion is a boundary condition. – Alan Turing

16. If a machine is expected to be infallible, it cannot also be intelligent. – Alan Turing

17. 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

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

19. We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done. – Alan Turing

20. Machines take me by surprise with great frequency. – Alan Turing

21. 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

22. 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

23. We may hope that machines will eventually compete with men in all purely intellectual fields. – Alan Turing

Hope you enjoyed reading Alan Turing quotes. Let me know your favorite quote in the comments below.

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Nakul Grover, author of Superhuman In You and the one who runs this blog. He has been writing on self-improvement since 2014. Featured on various websites, his works have helped thousands of people to live an extraordinary life. He loves spending his leisure hours in reading books and learning new skills.

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