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Fair play for machines

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Title:Fair play for machines
Author(s):Andrew Hodges, (Wadham College, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK)
Citation:Andrew Hodges, (2010) "Fair play for machines", Kybernetes, Vol. 39 Iss: 3, pp.441 - 448
Keywords:Artificial intelligence, Computers, Cybernetics
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/03684921011036169 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Acknowledgements:This paper is closely based on the author's talk at the meeting at Reading University on 12 October 2008, with some additional comment reflecting general discussion at the meeting.

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to consider Alan Turing's philosophical paper on “Computing machinery and intelligence”, in which he defined the “imitation game”, now usually known as the Turing test.

Design/methodology/approach – The paper shows that Turing's paper contained more than the test; it contained a wide survey of what a computer could do and its relation to human thought.

Findings – This paper discusses how Turing's paper represented the outcome of many years in which Turing has both developed the concept and the design of the digital computer, and considered how its action could be related to human thought.

Originality/value – Analysis of Turing's paper provides an understanding and appreciation of Turing's contributions and the significance of the Turing test.

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