"A computer would deserve to be called intelligent if it could deceive a human into believing that it was human."

"A man provided with paper, pencil, and rubber, and subject to strict discipline, is in effect a universal machine."

"A very large part of space-time must be investigated, if reliable results are to be obtained."

"I am not very impressed with theological arguments whatever they may be used to support. Such arguments have often been found unsatisfactory in the past."

"I believe that at the end of the century the use of words and general educated opinion will have altered so much that one will be able to speak of machines thinking without expecting to be contradicted."

"Machines take me by surprise with great frequency."

"Mathematical reasoning may be regarded rather schematically as the exercise of a combination of two facilities, which we may call intuition and ingenuity."

"May not machines carry out something which ought to be described as thinking but which is very different from what a man does?"

"No, I'm not interested in developing a powerful brain. All I'm after is just a mediocre brain, something like the President of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company."

"Science is a differential equation. Religion is a boundary condition."

"Sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine."

"The idea behind digital computers may be explained by saying that these machines are intended to carry out any operations which could be done by a human computer."

"Those who can imagine anything, can create the impossible."

"We are not interested in the fact that the brain has the consistency of cold porridge."

"We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done."

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