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Daemon
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Alan Mathison Turing (1912)

Turing was a groundbreaking English mathematician and logician who worked on artificial intelligence (AI), among other things. He created the Turing test to determine whether a computer is capable of humanlike thought. His papers on the subject are widely acknowledged as the foundation of research in AI. He also did valuable work in cryptography during WWII, helping to break the German Enigma code. In the midst of his pioneering work, Turing committed suicide after being convicted of what crime? More...
MTC
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As Turing's reputation rises, his persecutors' reputation sinks.
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The crime was Britons, I guess we hadn't quite gotten out of the dark ages yet..
percivalpecksniff
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Yup... the US did not emerge 'from the dark ages' until 1962. Up until then homosexuality was a felony.
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Did Daemon pick up this topic because Pedro mentioned Turing test the other day?


I wonder how Daemon works, maybe it has consciousness.



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Daemon moves in mysterious ways, his wonders to perform...

Anyway, lest my remark be misunderstood, benighted views are not the exclusive domain of the Britons. No, no, it's a global phenomenon. We all share!

On the positive side, I wish someone who understands the significance of Turing's accomplishments would explain them better to the rest of us.
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Ms. B. Have
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A couple of years ago my little brother Martin Liar and his annoying friends Anders, Mikkel and Sean, who are still playing with Lego, showed me this:

The LEGO Turing Machine

MTC
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Here is a link to a series of BBC articles about Turing which explain his achievements to a general audience.
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-17662585
excaelis
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One of the greatest of ' The Queens of King's ". His work contributed enormously to the machines we use to do this. Played by Derek Jacobi in an excellent BBC film. A hero of mine for many years.
excaelis
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One of the greatest of ' The Queens of King's ". His work contributed enormously to the machines we use to do this. Played by Derek Jacobi in an excellent BBC film. A hero of mine for many years.
excaelis
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Apparently, however, my application of the technology sometimes falls short. Sorry.
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Ms. B. Have
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Epiphileon wrote:
The crime was Britons, I guess we hadn't quite gotten out of the dark ages yet..

Depends on the definition we use for "dark ages".

pedro
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http://www.loebner.net/Prizef/TuringArticle.html - a link to the seminal article on the Turing test.

Love the Lego Turing machine.
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