The Imitation Game

For this game, you do not need a parrot. You need a computer and two people.

This “game” was created by Alan Turing, a famous computer scientist (also sometimes referred to as the father of computer science). He came up with the idea that we as humans could program a computer to “act like a human” or be a “thinking machine”. 

The imitation game is set up with Person 1 talking/asking questions to both Person 2 and the computer via text. While this conversation is going on, Person 1 is trying to guess which object is the human, and which person is the computer. 


Soon, a movie, also called “The Imitation Game”, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, will come out. It is set during WWII, and Alan Turing (Cumberbatch) is trying to program the computer to be able to crack German secret codes on its own, hence the “thinking machine”.

To read more about Alan Turing’s thinking machines, click here.

4 thoughts on “The Imitation Game

  1. Awesome explanation Emily and great participation in class! Are you going to post more of your programs? I think I saw the Seurat program on your partners blog.


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