# Alan Turing Quotes

Enjoy the top 38 famous quotes, sayings and quotations by Alan Turing.

“The popular view that scientists proceed inexorably from well-established fact to well-established fact, never being influenced by any unproved conjecture, is quite mistaken. Provided it is made clear which are proved facts and which are conjectures, no harm can result. Conjectures are of great importance since they suggest useful lines of research.”

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“Sometimes it is the people no one can imagine anything of who do the things no one can imagine.”

— Alan Turing

“We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done.”

— Alan Turing

Sometimes it is the people who no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine.

— Alan Turing

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“A very large part of space-time must be investigated, if reliable results are to be obtained.”

— Alan Turing

It seems probable that once the machine thinking method had started, it would not take long to outstrip our feeble powers ... They would be able to converse with each other to sharpen their wits. At some stage therefore, we should have to expect the machines to take control.

— Alan Turing

Those who can imagine anything, can create the impossible.

— Alan Turing

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

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“We are not interested in the fact that the brain has the consistency of cold porridge.”

— Alan Turing

Machines take me by surprise with great frequency.

— Alan Turing

“I have such a stressful job that the only way I can get it out of my mind is by running hard.”

— Alan Turing

I want a permanent relationship, and I might feel inclined to reject anything which of its nature could not be permanent.

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“Programming is a skill best acquired by practice and example rather than from books.”

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“Codes are a puzzle. A game, just like any other game.”

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We may hope that machines will eventually compete with men in all purely intellectual fields.

— Alan Turing

In attempting to construct such (artificially intelligent) machines we should not be irreverently usurping His (God's) power of creating souls, any more than we are in the procreation of children," Turing had advised. "Rather we are, in either case, instruments of His will providing mansions for the souls that He creates.

— Alan Turing

These disturbing phenomena [Extra Sensory Perception] seem to deny all our scientific ideas. How we should like to discredit them! Unfortunately the statistical evidence, at least for telepathy, is overwhelming.

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“Unless in communicating with it one says exactly what one means, trouble is bound to result.”

— Alan Turing

Instruction tables will have to be made up by mathematicians with computing experience and perhaps a certain puzzle-solving ability. There need be no real danger of it ever becoming a drudge, for any processes that are quite mechanical may be turned over to the machine itself.

— Alan Turing

Up to a point, it is better to just let the snags [bugs] be there than to spend such time in design that there are none.

— Alan Turing

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