Douglas Hofstadter – Metamagical Themas (1985)

by vyh

In his article, Turing raised nine plausible objections to his own Imitation Game approach to the question of mechanical thought, and answered them cogently one by one. The most serious one seems to be “Lady Lovelace’s objection”: that computers cannot originate anything, but can do only what we explicitly tell them to do. Turing’s answer to this—that one does not know what one has programmed a machine to do, except in the most superficial and general way—has a depth that eludes many good minds.