Turing on the "imitation game"

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Turing's paper has modest objectives. He dismisses the question of whether machines think as too meaningless to deserve discussion. His imitation game, he suggests, might stimulate inquiry into cognitive function and development of computers and software. His proposals are reminiscent of 17th century tests to investigate other minds, but unlike Turing's, these fall within normal science, on Cartesian assumptions that minds have properties distinct from mechanism, assumptions that collapsed with Newton's undermining of the mechanical philosophy, soon leading to the conclusion that thinking is a property of organized matter, on a par with other properties of the natural world.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationParsing the Turing Test
Subtitle of host publicationPhilosophical and Methodological Issues in the Quest for the Thinking Computer
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781402067105
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Cartesian science
  • Joseph Priestley
  • computational procedures
  • organized matter
  • simulation
  • thinking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)

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