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    I didn’t edit the article but I don’t think the phrase “widely considered to be the father of artificial intelligence” adds much, nor is it particularly accurate. Turing’s main theoretical contribution is known as the Church-Turing thesis in deference to its dual origins: Alonzo Church was an American mathematician. Moreover German Conrad Zuse is credited with the first programmable computer, a completely testable statement. There are clearly sources around that support the “father” comment (in various forms), but I suspect most if not all originate from British authors. Could we please be more even handed with computer science history here? Robbie

    Edited: 2018-09-11 12:48:40 By Robbie Morrison (talk | contribs) + 23 Characters .. + 3% change.‎‎ (Note | Diff)

    Edited: 2018-09-11 12:49:37 By Robbie Morrison (talk | contribs) + 1 Characters .. + 0% change.‎‎ (Note | Diff)

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      Fair comment. Per your suggestion I changed “widely considered” to “some call.” May I invite you to use the Edit function to add a short paragraph or sentence or two about Church or Zuse to help clarify this part of the text? Perhaps you could add a short, helpful paragraph following this one:

      “The Loebner Prize is based on a test by the computer scientist and World War II code breaker, Alan Turing, who some call the father of Artificial Intelligence (AI).”

      Thanks, Chuck

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        Thanks Chuck. That phrasing is certainly more accurate, although, in wikipedia terms, still an appeal to an anonymous authority. I read the article (which I find interesting and engaging) and don’t think a diversion into very early computer scientists would do anything but detract. By the way, Zuse is often referred to the father of computing in Germany. Sigh. Robbie

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