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.

1 thought on “Dijkstra on thinking machines”

  1. 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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