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Turing’s Imitation Game: What Does it Tell us about the Nature of Intelligence?

Updated: Aug 25, 2018

Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and Professor Diane Proudfoot, of the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, co-founders and co-directors of the award-winning Turing Archive for the History of Computing and founding affiliates the Turing Centre at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich gave the 2017 Findlay Lecture, co-sponsored by the BU Philosophy Department. They discussed Turing’s imitation game and the nature of intelligence, stressing the “fake news” that surrounded BBC radio and press coverage of the whole idea of an “electronic brain”, from the early 1950s through the present. Co-sponsored with the Philosophy Department, Boston University.

Results: PhD direction and collaborative work on teaching initiatives in transdisciplinary settings was conducted, with a successful trial course offered at Boston University cross-listed between philosophy and computer science. Further coursework development, conferences and collaboration are planned.

We are grateful to the Philosophy Department, Boston University for Co-Sponsoring this Event.


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