Daily Archives: July 18, 2013


My very basic drawing program.

My very basic drawing program.

Today I wrote a simple program to let you draw and create shapes. It includes:

  • Red, green, blue, or black brush/shapes
  • The ability to click and drag rectangles, rounded rectangles, ellipses, and lines
  • The ability to clear the canvas

On Alan Turing’s “Computing Machinery and Intelligence”*

The paper progresses from a very broad and vague question to a much narrower, focused, and potentially achievable objective: it goes from “Can machines think?” to¬†“Are there imaginable digital computers which would do well in the imitation game?”. Effectively, it answers the question by posing another question as a stepping-stone; the idea being that a machine with the ability to effectively fool a human into thinking it intelligent would be one step closer to actual intelligence. My own opinion on this approach is that it is flawed simply because we are basing the test off humans. The definition of “thinking” should encompass human thought processes, but not be limited to them.

Image of Alan Turing

*Turing, A.M. (1950). Computing machinery and intelligence. Mind, 59, 433-460.