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Alan Turing wrote this paper while employed at the Computing Laboratory in Manchester University.

This was where the world's first stored-program digital computer had been engineered. The prospect of Artificial Intelligence was raised as an issue for the general public from the very start, stimulated by the success of wartime science technology.

The BBC invited him to give a talk on its new highbrow radio Third Programme in 1951. And there is no known recording of his hesitant voice.

The producer had doubts about his talents as a media star, writing that he Turing took part in a further radio discussion in January 1952. But the scripts can be read in the Turing Archive: 1951 talk and 1952 discussion.

The Turing Test has given rise to a large literature, surveyed by: Turing's paper is still frequently cited and people still discover new things in it.

It has certainly generated an enormous number of academic discussions.

Even where he saw difficulties and was doubtful about what could be achieved, he advocated experiment.

He saw this not a dogma, but as an important conjecture, to guide future research.

Turing's 'imitation game' is now usually called 'the Turing test' for intelligence.

These were a 1947 talk and a 1948 report, both accessible in the Turing Archive.

These have more technical and mathematical detail, and add much to the 1950 paper.

to what extent [the machine] could think for itself.' Of course, this was in no way the official purpose of the Computing Laboratory, and was at variance with anything Newman or Williams would have said.

Controversial and provocative, Alan Turing went on to write the 1950 paper as his own individual contribution, making very few references to other people's ideas.

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