Alan Turing Quotes

What are your favorite Alan Turing quotes?

Alan Mathison Turing OBE FRS was an English computer scientist, mathematician, philosopher and theoretical biologist who was born on June 23, 1912 in Maida Vale London, United Kingdom and died on June 7, 1954 in Wilmslow, United Kingdom. Turing’s made significant contributions in the fields of mathematics and computer science. His work as part of the cryptography team set to decipher the German enigma code actually helped to end the World War 2.

Turing’s contributions as part of the cryptography team inspired the movie “The Imitation Game” which Benedict Cumberbatch played as Alan Turing.

Alan Turing was also an author who wrote books like The Essential Turing: Seminal Writings in Computing, Logic, Philosophy, Artificial Intelligence, and Artificial Life plus The Secrets of Enigma, Digital Ciphercopy Presents Digitized Writing Solutions: Featuring Super Simplified Composition and Grammar Alan Turing, Mechanical intelligence, Mathematical logic and Morphogenesis.

Here are some of the famous and powerful Alan Turing quotes for inspiration and motivation:

Famous Alan Turing Quotes

1. Science is a differential equation. Religion is a boundary condition. -Alan Turing

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

3. Those who can imagine anything, can create the impossible.

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

5. Mathematical reasoning may be regarded. -Alan Turing

Powerful Alan Turing Quotes

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. Finding such a person makes everyone else appear so ordinary…and if anything happens to him, you’ve got nothing left but to return to the ordinary world, and a kind of isolation that never existed before. -Alan Turing

8. We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done.

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9. We like to believe that Man is in some subtle way superior to the rest of creation. It is best if he can be shown to be necessarily superior, for then there is no danger of him losing his commanding position. -Alan Turing

10. The isolated man does not develop any intellectual power. It is necessary for him to be immersed in an environment of other men, whose techniques he absorbs during the first twenty years of his life. He may then perhaps do a little research of his own and make a very few discoveries which are passed on to other men. From this point of view the search for new techniques must be regarded as carried out by the human community as a whole, rather than by individuals. -Alan Turing

Best Alan Turing Quotes

11. Instead of trying to produce a programme to simulate the adult mind, why not rather try to produce one which simulates the child’s? If this were then subjected to an appropriate course of education one would obtain the adult brain. -Alan Turing

12. Mathematical reasoning may be regarded rather schematically as the exercise of a combination of two facilities, which we may call intuition and ingenuity. The activity of the intuition consists in making spontaneous judgements which are not the result of conscious trains of reasoning. The exercise of ingenuity in mathematics consists in aiding the intuition through suitable arrangements of propositions, and perhaps geometrical figures or drawings.

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13. Codes are a puzzle. A game, just like any other game. -Alan Turing

14. 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

Alan Turing Quotes About Computers And The Enigma Machine

15. 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

16. I propose to consider the question, ‘Can machines think? -Alan Turing

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

18. Machines take me by surprise with great frequency. -Alan Turing

19. 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

20. One day ladies will take their computers for walks in the park and tell each other, “My little computer said such a funny thing this morning”.

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

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

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

24. Finally, I would like to advance some conjectures on the repercussions that digital electronic calculating machines will have on mathematics. I have already mentioned that ACE will do the work of about ten thousand human computers; therefore, it is to be expected that large-scale manual calculation will disappear. -Alan Turing

Alan Turing “Sometime It Is The People No One Imagines” Quote

Alan Turing Quote Sometimes it is the people who no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine

25. Sometimes it is the people who no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine.

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