What Are Computers (If They’re not Thinking Things)?
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- Preston J. (2012) What Are Computers (If They’re not Thinking Things)?. In: Cooper S.B., Dawar A., Löwe B. (eds) How the World Computes. CiE 2012. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 7318. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
Many of us now imagine that in the future humans either will, or at least could, ‘in theory’, construct an electronic digital computer which would really be a thinking thing. Alan Turing was one of the first and surely the most notable exponent of this view, and a significant proportion of his published work was devoted to arguing for it.
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