## On Alan Turing's Anticipation Of Connectionism (1996)

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### BibTeX

@MISC{Copeland96onalan,

author = {B. Jack Copeland and Diane Proudfoot},

title = {On Alan Turing's Anticipation Of Connectionism},

year = {1996}

}

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### Abstract

It is not widely realised that Turing was probably the first person to consider building computing machines out of simple, neuron-like elements connected together into networks in a largely random manner. Turing called his networks `unorganised machines'. By the application of what he described as 'appropriate interference, mimicking education' an unorganised machine can be trained to perform any task that a Turing machine can carry out, provided the number of 'neurons' is sufficient. Turing proposed simulating both the behaviour of the network and the training process by means of a computer program. We outline Turing's connectionist project of 1948.