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  • Print publication year: 2014
  • Online publication date: December 2014

Epilogue: From Turing’s padlocked mug to the present day


Three views of the future of computing:

It seems probable that once the machine thinking method had started, it would not take long to outstrip our feeble powers.… They would be able to converse with each other to sharpen their wits. At some stage therefore, we should have to expect the machines to take control.

Alan Turing

The hope is that, in not too many years, human brains and computing machines will be coupled together very tightly, and that the resulting partnership will think as no human brain has ever thought and process data in a new way not approached by the information-handling machines we know today.

J. C. R. Licklider

Artificial intelligence is the science of making machines do things that would require intelligence if done by men.

Marvin Minsky