Quote from “The Mind of Mechanical Man”

The early development of “electronic brains” prompted much debate on AI. In June 1949, Sir Geoffrey Jefferson (prof. of neurosurgery at Uni. Manchester), made the following statement in a speech entitled “The Mind of Mechanical Man”:

“Not until a machine can write a sonnet or compose a concerto because of thoughts and emotions felt, and not by the chance fall of symbols, could we agree that machine equals brain – that is, not only write it but know that it had written it. No machine could feel pleasure at its success, grief when its valves fuse, be warmed by flattery, be made miserable by its mistakes, be charmed by sex, be angry or miserable when it cannot get what it wants.”

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