In Turing's paper, which remains the benchmark in all subsequent questions of Artificial Intelligence as to whether a machine or computer can think, the computer scientist proposes the "Imitation Game", in which a human judge engaged in conversation must assess whether he is speaking with a human or instead only a machine designed to imitate a human. It is the most lucid and far-reaching expression of Turing's philosophy, summarising his view that the operation of the brain could (and indeed would) be captured by a machine and hence by a computer.
Pinsky's paper is a commentary on Turing's. Pinsky, noting that some problems involve the use of “metaphysical” sentences, could not resist humorously suggesting that if a computer were given a copy of Turing’s paper, it might be forced to use “metamechanical” statements to avoid its own mental breakdown.
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