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Andrew Westbrook Philosophy 101 Portfolio I 2 Alan Turing was one of the great pioneers of the computer world It is with his works that we now of the The Turing Machine and Turings Test His research into the relationships between machines and nature created the field of artificial intelligence His intelligence and foresight made him one of the first to step into the information age Alan Turing was born in London on June 23 1912 As a young child science became a strong area of studies Turing is known to us as the first man to develop the digital computer The concept of computers that would think for themselves was revolutionary for the time Most computers in the 1950s were designed for a particular purpose or a limited range of purposes What Turing envisioned was a machine that could do anything anytime The method of instructing the computer was very important in Turings concept He essentially described a machine which knew a few simple instructions Making the computer perform a particular task was simply a matter of breaking the job down into a series of these simple instructions The Turing Test believed that an intelligent machine could be created by following the blueprints of the human brain He wrote a paper in 1950 describing what is now known as the Turing Test The test consisted of a person asking questions via keyboard to both a person and an intelligent machine He believed that if the person could not tell the machine apart from the person after a reasonable amount of time the machine was somewhat artificial intelligence At the time it was difficult to distinguish what artificial intelligence was Many have said to have left the problem up to philosophers In my opinion computers are a perfect example of artificial intelligence rather the test proved right or wrong that it had a mind of its own was a matter of testing according to
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