|An under-appreciated genius|
Given that the experts struggled -- and still do -- to define intelligence, Turing's insight was (characteristically) brilliant. To wit: don't try to define artificial intelligence; describe its behavior. From which arose the famous Turing Test: if an artificial entity interacting with judges by text messages successfully masquerades as a human at the keyboard, then the entity, too, is intelligent.
|Pay no attention to the computer behind the curtain|
Such imitation served as the basis of many recent headlines. From that Washington Post article: