I propose to consider the question "Can machines think?"
The start of a challenging and very readable article written in 1950
, in the journal Mind
, by Alan Turing
, one of the founding fathers of computer science
. (The article 's title is "Computing machinery and intelligence
The first thing it does is replace the title question with another, one that Turing considers more useful to study: what would a machine have to to before we would no longer be able to distinguish it from a thinking person? He proposes an experimental setup now known as the Turing test.