By Christof Teuscher
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Written via a exotic forged of participants, Alan Turing: existence and Legacy of an outstanding Thinker is the definitive choice of essays in commemoration of the 90th birthday of Alan Turing. This fascinating text covers the wealthy elements of his lifestyles, concepts, and legacy, but in addition sheds a few gentle at the way forward for computing technological know-how with a bankruptcy contributed by way of visionary Ray Kurzweil, winner of the 1999 nationwide Medal of expertise. additional, very important contributions come from the thinker Daniel Dennett, the Turing biographer Andrew Hodges, and from the celebrated truth seeker Martin Davis, who presents a primary serious essay on an rising and arguable box termed "hypercomputation".
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Extra info for Alan Turing: Life and Legacy of a Great Thinker
Pat era CHRISTOPHER The sky isn 't that clear somet imes a nd it 's difficul t t o mak e things out. My father wants to get a more p owerful te lesco pe . I' ve ofte n want ed to make a star globe but have never really got down to it ... ALAN Oh yes, a star globe , I'd really love t o mak e one ... CHRISTO PHER I must go in now. The "Chief" will be very angry if he sees me out at t his hour , and I feel a bit t ired. I'm also going to b e away for a week; I have to see t he dent ist. Good night Turing (he clasps Alan 's hand wit h both of his - Alan is complete ly thrown ).
Turing's pro gram ming never exploit ed the advanced possibiliti es he had mapped ou t in 1946, and he failed also t o write t he pap er s t hat could have established his claim t o t he t heory and practice of modern com put ing. In st ead, t he main the me of his work becam e the more futuristi c prosp ect of Ar tificial Int elligence, or "intelligent machinery" as he call ed it. Alr eady prefigured in 1946, t his was expounded in pap ers of 1947, 1948, and 1950 , arg uing st rongly that computable operations could encompass far mo re t han those things considered "merely mechanical" in common parlance, and indeed could emulat e human intelligence.
Som eone shou ts out to Christopher again. C H R ISTOP HER (amazed by Alan's insight) Sorry, th ey 're calling me, I mus t go, be seeing you . . ALA N Why don't you come to my roo m? We could do som e experiment s with iod ates and sulphates , it 's very interesting ... C HRISTO PHE R Oh yes, I've always loved messing around with t hem. Bye . A LAN Bye . (pau se) The hacker cycles across th e stage . CH RISTOPH ER Scene 5 Alan an d Christ opher are in the school lab, surrounded by alem bics. A L AN ...
Alan Turing: Life and Legacy of a Great Thinker by Christof Teuscher