Mind, vol. 59, no. 236 (October 1950), pp. 433-60. Edinburgh: Thomas Nelson & Sons, 1950." />
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TURING, Alan Mathison. "Computing machinery and intelligence." In: Mind, vol. 59, no. 236 (October 1950), pp. 433-60. Edinburgh: Thomas Nelson & Sons, 1950.
8o. Original gray printed wrappers (a few repairs to spine, some minor chipping at edges, ink stain on upper right corner of front wrapper); cloth box.
FIRST EDITION of Turing's investigation of artificial intelligence. To answer the question of whether or not electronic computers think, Turing proposed an experiment, later called the Turing test, that would allow the unbiased comparison of a machine's "thinking behavior" with that of a normal human being. The test involved two parties, "X" and "Y", who engage in a conversation by teletype. Human X cannot know whether Y is a machine or a person. If X believes that Y is responding like a person after a specified period of time, and Y turns out to be a machine, then that machine may be defined as having the capacity to "think." Origins of Cyberspace 936.
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