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Could Machines Be Made to Think?

  • F. H. George (a1)

This question as to whether machines can, or could, be made to think, has become familiar in recent years since the renewed outburst of interest that has taken place in the development of Cybernetics. The notion of servo–mechanisms and the like has a history in remote antiquity but the form of its fundamental question has recently taken on a new and especially acute significance.

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1 A. M. Turing: “Computing Machines and Intelligence.” Mind (1950), Also in Intelligent Machinery–Unpublished.

2 W. Mays: “Can Machines Think?” Philosophy (1952), pp. 148–162.

page 245 note 1 Op. cit., p. 149.

page 245 note 2 Op. cit., p. 152.

page 246 note 1 Op. cit., p. 156.

page 248 note 1 Quine W. V.: “Two Dogmas of Empiricism.” In From a Logical Point of View.” Cambridge, Mass. (1952).

page 248 note 2 White M. G.: “The Analytic and the Synthetic: An Untenable Dualism.” In John Dewey. Philosopher of Science and Freedom. New York. (1950).

page 251 note 1 See J. G. Kemeny. “Man viewed as a Machine,” Scientific American, 1955. PP. 58–67.

page 252 note 1 See, for example, Kantor J. R., The Logic of Modern Science, Principia Press, 1953, p. 21et seq.

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