Manchester Art Gallery

Machines which seem to think

Just found this lovely children’s book from 1953 by Marie Neurath introducing cybernetics and control systems to children!

Not until a machine can write a sonnet or compose a concerto because of thoughts or 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 mechanism could feel (and not artificially signal, an easy contrivance) pleasure at its successes, grief when its valves fuse, be warmed by flattery, be made miserable by its mistakes, be charmed by sex, be angry or depressed when it cannot get what it wants.

Prof. Geoffrey Jefferson, The Mind of Mechanical Man, Lister Oration for 1949

Clare Gannaway


Curator Clare Gannaway posts on her blog, The Imitation Game, ahead of the exhibition she is curating due to open at the gallery in Spring 2016.

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