Articles on Alan Turing

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What makes a brain tick is very different from how computers operate. Yurchanka Siarhei/Shutterstock.com

Why a computer will never be truly conscious

Brain functions integrate and compress multiple components of an experience, including sight and smell – which simply can't be handled in the way computers sense, process and store data.
IR Stone

Turing Test: why it still matters

Some people claim it's already been passed. But Alan Turing's test of whether artificial intelligence can act like a human remains an important benchmark for our species.
Who will make a better dance mix – a computer or a human? Copyright © Annelise Capossela; used by permission

Looking for art in artificial intelligence

Testing whether machines are capable of generating sonnets, short stories or dance music that is indistinguishable from human-generated works.
Can a machine really think, be in awe and wonder? Shutterstock/Photobymhu

What does it mean to think and could a machine ever do it?

As machines get ever more complex as we strive to make them complete more complex tasks, it's time to ask again: will they ever be able to think? But what is thinking anyway?
Until machines become truly intelligent, they’re going to make a lot of mistakes when they try to help us. Steve Rainwater/Flickr

The hazards of presumptive computing

Computers try to predict our behaviour and anticipate our needs, but sadly they often get things dreadfully wrong.
Benedict Cumberbatch plays the wartime codebreaker Alan Turing. The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game: is it history, drama or myth?

The acclaimed new movie The Imitation Game is based on the too-short life of Alan Turing, the British mathematician and “father” of computer science. But how true-to-life is it and what can we learn from…

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