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Alan Turing Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Alan Turing.

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

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

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

No, I'm not interested in developing a powerful brain.
All I'm after is just a mediocre brain,
something like the President of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company.
- Alan Turing

 

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

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

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

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Mathematical reasoning may be regarded rather schematically
as the exercise of a combination of two facilities,
which we may call intuition and ingenuity.
- Alan Turing

The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do.
- B. F. Skinner

We believe that if men have the talent
to invent new machines that put men out of work,
they have the talent to put those men back to work.
- John F. Kennedy

We often attribute 'understanding' and other cognitive
predicates by metaphor and analogy to cars,
adding machines, and other artifacts,
but nothing is proved by such attributions.
- John Searle

It is only when they go wrong that machines remind
you how powerful they are.
- Clive James

The fact that the great scientist believed in flying
machines was the one thing that encouraged us to begin our studies.
- Wilbur Wright

You see, antiquated ideas of kindness and generosity
are simply bugs that must be programmed out of our world.
And these cold, unfeeling machines will show us the way.
- Bill Gates

We all have our time machines.
Some take us back, they're called memories.
Some take us forward, they're called dreams.
- Jeremy Irons

Some records with drum machines on them sound phony and plastic.
It all depends on how you use the tools.
- Don Henley

In Hell all the messages you ever left on answering
machines will be played back to you.
- Judy Horacek

When we recorded our first album sixteen track machines were the thing.
- John Deacon

If men do not keep on speaking terms with children,
they cease to be men, and become merely machines for
eating and for earning money.
- John Updike

I can make them voting machines sing Home Sweet Home.
- Earl Long

The days when you needed amazing Silicon Graphics machines
to run animation software are gone now.
- Dave Rowntree

We too could wrest iron from the bowels of the earth
and fashion it into ships and machines.
- Jose C. Orozco

People ask me to record their answering machines all the time.
I love it.
It's a miracle to me that people want to hear back those characters.
- Mike Myers

The more we reduce ourselves to machines in the lower things,
the more force we shall set free to use in the higher.
- Anna C. Brackett

Slot machines are like crack for old people.
- Keenen Ivory Wayans

The machine has had a pernicious effect upon virtue,
pity, and love, and young men used to machines which induce inertia,
and fear, are near impotent.
- Edward Dahlberg

If Unix could present the same face,
the same capabilities,
on machines of many different types,
it could serve as a common software environment for all of them.
- Eric S. Raymond

I have problems with machines which aren't gestural.
- Luc Ferrari

When I was young, I had one of those Yamaha drum machines,
and I used to practice to that quite a bit,
just to practice soloing and being in time and completing all my phrases.
- John Otto

Shoes are the first adult machines we are given to master.
- Nicholson Baker

As machines become more and more efficient and perfect,
so it will become clear that imperfection is the greatness of man.
- Ernst Fischer

I think IT projects are about supporting social systems-about
communications between people and machines.
They tend to fail due to cultural issues.
- Tim Berners-Lee

Machines built by human beings they will function correctly
if we provide them with a very specific environment.
But if that environment is changed, they won't function at all.
- Ralph Merkle

Materialist philosophies that treat human beings as
machines or animals possess the high ground in our culture -
academia,
the most powerful media and many of our courts.
- Marvin Olasky

I still find it hard to understand that anyone could
argue that you can't have machines that exhibit consciousness.
- Iain Banks

I had been impressed by the fact that biological systems
were based on molecular machines and that we were learning
to design and build these sorts of things.
- K. Eric Drexler

Animals often strike us as passionate machines.
- Eric Hoffer

Telegraphs are machines for conveying information over
extensive lines with great rapidity.
- Charles Babbage

Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.
- Lord Kelvin

Machines are worshipped because they are beautiful
and valued because they confer power;
they are hated because they are hideous and loathed
because they impose slavery.
- Bertrand Russell

Research is four things: brains with which to think,
eyes with which to see, machines with which to measure and,
fourth, money.
- Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

Let the machine take care of the machines,
and I'll go spend more time with my family,
or golf.
- Mark Goddard

The greatest task before civilization at present is
to make machines what they ought to be,
the slaves, instead of the masters of men.
- Henry Ellis

The thing that we possess, that machines don't,
is the ability to exhibit wisdom.
- Herbie Hancock

What kind of world is this that can send machines to
Mars and does nothing to stop the killing of a human being?
- Jose Saramago

Increasingly, the central question is becoming who
will have access to the information these machines
must have in storage to guarantee that the right decisions are made.
- Jean-Francois Lyotard

Fondue sets, martini shakers and juicing machines:
three things the world could live completely without.
- Doug Coupland

Italy in the first years got food, for the first year
or the first periods got food.
Then we got raw materials and then we got tool machines,
let's say, instruments for working.
- Gianni Agnelli

The Apple has the fewest bells and whistles.
It has simple sound and few graphics special effects.
In a way, that is a weakness because markets for the
other machines are getting bigger.
- Bill Budge

If the machines can take the drudgery out of it and
just leave us with the joy of drawing,
then that's the best of both worlds -
and I'll use those computers!
- Don Bluth

It's good Xerox is known for its copying machines,
and it's good Jim Carrey is known for comedy.
- Steve Guttenberg

There were sometimes from forty to sixty English machines,
but unfortunately the Germans were often in the minority.
With them quality was more important than quantity.
- Manfred von Richthofen

We have to make machines understand what they're doing,
or they won't be able to come back and say,
'Why did you do that?'
- Nicholas Negroponte

But I was very, very lucky, and it was a wake up call
as far as motorbikes are concerned.
I never flirted with death on the bike,
but now I'm totally convinced they're death machines.
- Liam Neeson

Our bodies are machines and have to be functional,
and to do that they have to be fed properly.
- Sarah Michelle Gellar

Soon silence will have passed into legend.
Man has turned his back on silence.
Day after day he invents machines and devices that
increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life,
contemplation, meditation.
- Jean Arp

C was already implemented on several quite different machines and OSs,
Unix was already being distributed on the PDP-11,
but the portability of the whole system was new.
- Dennis Ritchie

Flight by machines heavier than air is unpractical and insignificant,
if not utterly impossible.
- Simon Newcomb

I'm very good with technology, I always have been,
and with machines in general.
They seem not threatening like other people find them,
but a source of fun and amusement.
- Brian Eno

Before machines the only form of entertainment people
really had was relationships.
- Doug Coupland

We also had to bring with us some desired scientific
equipment over to the station as well as assemble new machines.
For that, I had to conduct two space walks.
- Philippe Perrin

Machines were, it may be said, the weapon employed
by the capitalists to quell the revolt of specialized labor.
- Karl Marx

Women are nothing but machines for producing children.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

Gliders, sail planes, they're wonderful flying machines.
It's the closest you can come to being a bird.
- Neil Armstrong

In turning from the smaller instruments in frequent
use to the larger and more important machines,
the economy arising from the increase of velocity becomes more striking.
- Charles Babbage

No more than these machines need the mathematician know what he does.
- Henri Poincare

Machines aren't replacing proofreaders at all.
Copy editors, who proofread and much,
much more, use spellcheck as a tool but read every
word that appears in the paper.
- Bill Walsh

In many biological structures proteins are simply components
of larger molecular machines.
- Michael Behe

One has to look out for engineers - they begin with
sewing machines and end up with the atomic bomb.
- Marcel Pagnol

I visualize a time when we will be to robots what dogs are to humans,
and I'm rooting for the machines.
- Claude Shannon

The chips are in production, the machines aren't.
So we've got a little bit of work left to do.
- J Allard


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