Turing and Wittgenstein — Two Perceptions of Reality

  • Dag Prawitz
Part of the Artificial Intelligence and Society book series (HCS)


If I were to summarize in a few words the contribution Turing made to philosophy I would emphasize the following three themes:

  1. (1)

    Turing’s definition of an abstract general computer, i.e. what we now call a Turing machine,

  2. (2)

    Turing’s thesis that everything which is computable can be computed by a Turing machine, and

  3. (3)

    Turing’s ideas about an artificial intelligence and its criterion, summarized in what is commonly called the Turing test.



Turing Machine Mathematical Proof External Behavior Turing Test Mathematical Reality 
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