Professor Jack Copeland FRS NZ is the Honorary/Advisory Philosopher, and a Fellow (Honours) of the United Sigma Intelligence Association.
He is Distinguished Professor in Arts at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, where he is Director of the Turing Archive for the History of Computing. He is also Honorary Research Professor in the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry at the University of Queensland, Australia. In 2013-14 he was Visiting Professor of Information Science at Copenhagen University and in 2012 was the Royden B. Davis Visiting Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies in the Department of Psychology at Georgetown University, Washington DC.
A Londoner by birth, Jack earned a D.Phil. in mathematical logic from the University of Oxford, studying under Turing’s great friend Robin Gandy.
Oxford University Press (OUP) recently published his biography ‘Turing’ and his comprehensive ‘The Turing Guide’. Other books include ‘The Essential Turing’ (OUP), ‘Colossus: The Secrets of Bletchley Park’s Codebreaking Computers’ (OUP), ‘Alan Turing’s Electronic Brain’ (OUP), ‘Computability: Turing, Gödel, Church, and Beyond’ (MIT Press), ‘Logic and Reality’ (OUP), and ‘Artificial Intelligence’ (Wiley-Blackwell). He has more than 100 journal articles on the philosophy and history of computing, and on mathematical and philosophical logic.
In 2016 he received the Covey Award, recognizing a substantial record of innovative research in the field of computing and philosophy. In 2017 Jack’s name was added to the IT History Society Honor Roll for his “out-of-the-ordinary contribution to the information industry”
Copeland, Jack. Artificial intelligence: a philosophical introduction. Oxford, United Kingdom: Wiley-Blackwell, 1993.
Copeland, B. Jack and Long, Jason (2017).Turing and the history of computer music. In Juliet Floyd and Alisa Bokulich (Ed.), Philosophical explorations of the legacy of Alan Turing (pp. 189-218) Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-53280-6_8
Copeland, B. Jack and Sommaruga, Giovanni (2015).The stored-program universal computer: did Zuse anticipate Turing and von Neumann?. In Giovanni Sommaruga and Thomas Strahm (Ed.), Turing’s revolution: the impact of his ideas about computability (pp. 43-101) Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-22156-4_3
Copeland, B. Jack (2013).Turing and the physics of the mind. In Cooper, S. Barry and van Leeuwen, Jan (Ed.), Alan Turing: His Work and Impact (pp. 651-659) Waltham, MA, USA: Elsevier. doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-386980-7.50034-4
Copeland, B. Jack, Posy, Carl J. and Shagrir, Oron (2013).Introduction: the 1930s revolution. In B. Jack Copeland, Carl J. Posy and Oron Shagrir (Ed.), Computability: Turing, Gödel, Church, and Beyond (pp. vii-x) Cambridge, MA, USA: MIT Press Books.
Copeland, B. Jack and Shagrir, Oron (2013).Turing versus Godel on computability and the mind. In B. Jack Copeland, Carl J. Posy and Oron Shagrir (Ed.), Computability: Turing, Gödel, Church, and Beyond (pp. 1-34) Cambridge, MA, USA: MIT Press.
Proudfoot, Diane and Copeland, B. Jack (2012).Artificial intelligence. In Eric Margolis, Richard Samuels and Stephen P. Stich (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Cognitive Science (pp. 147-182) New York: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195309799.013.0007
Copeland, B. Jack and Proudfoot, Diane (2012).Turing and the Computer. In B. Jack Copeland. (Ed.), Alan Turing’s Electronic Brain: The Struggle to Build the ACE, the World’s Fastest Computer (pp. 107-148) Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.
Copeland, Jack and Proudfoot, Diane (2009).Turing’s test: a philosophical and historical guide. In Robert Epstein, Gary Roberts and Grace Beber (Ed.), Parsing the Turing Test: Philosophical and Methodological Issues in the Quest for the Thinking Computer (pp. 119-138) Berlin, Germany: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-1-4020-6710-5_9
Copeland, B. Jack, Haeff, Andre A., Gough, Peter and Wright, Cameron (2016)Screen history: the Haeff Memory and Graphics Tube. IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, 39 1: 9-28. doi:10.1109/MAHC.2016.1
Copeland, Jack, Dresner, Eli, Proudfoot, Diane and Shagrir, Oron (2016)Time to reinspect the foundations?: questioning if computer science is outgrowing its traditional foundations. Communications- ACM, 59 11: 34-36. doi:10.1145/2908733
Copeland, B. Jack (2016)Prior, translational semantics, and the Barcan formula. Synthese, 193 11: 3507-3519. doi:10.1007/s11229-015-0955-2
Campbell, Douglas, Copeland, Jack and Deng, Zhuo-Ran (2016)The inconceivable popularity of conceivability arguments. Philosophical Quarterly, 67 267: 223-240. doi:10.1093/pq/pqw066
Copeland, Jack and Haeff, Andre A. (2015)Andrew V. Haeff: Enigma of the Tube Era and Forgotten Computing Pioneer. IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, 37 1: 67-74. doi:10.1109/MAHC.2015.2
Copeland, Jack (2013)What did Turing establish about the limits of computers and the nature of mathematics?. Big Questions Online, .
Copeland, B. Jack and Proudfoot, Diane (2010)Deviant encodings and Turing’s analysis of computability. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A, 41 3: 247-252. doi:10.1016/j.shpsa.2010.07.010
Copeland, Jack (2013).Tommy Flowers and the birth of the electronic digital computer. In: Codebreakers’ Legacy, Bletchley Park, UK, (). 9 November, 2013.
Copeland, Jack (2013).The imitation game: Alan Turing and artificial intelligence. In: ICCS 2013: 9th International Conference on Cognitive Science, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, (). 27-30 August, 2013.
Copeland, Jack (2014)Interview with Jack Copeland, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and Director of the Turing Archive for the History of Computing. Ultimo, NSW, Australia, ABC Radio National.
Copeland, Jack (2014)Comment Les Maths Ont Vaincu Hitler: La drole de guerre d’Alan Turing. Paris, France, Les Films D’Ici.
Profile Source: University of Canterbury, University of Queensland, and ETH Zurich Turing Centre.