Dijkstra on thinking machines

The great computer scientist Edsger Dijkstra on artificial intelligence and thinking machines:

John von Neumann speculated about computers and the human brain in analogies sufficiently wild to be worthy of a medieval thinker and Alan M. Turing thought about criteria to settle the question of whether Machines Can Think, a question of which we now know that it is about as relevant as the question of whether Submarines Can Swim.”

Link to ‘The threats to computing science’ by Edsger Dijkstra.

One Comment

  1. Posted December 2, 2005 at 6:44 am | Permalink

    Dijkstra’s awesome because he’s always so ornery!
    It’s interesting that he would write/speak this after “Godel,Escher,Bach”. I wonder if he read it and had specific beef with it?
    It’s kinda creepy that he would talk about the Shuttle 2 years before Columbia.


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