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When Alan Turing wasn’t busy contributing to the industries of computing and synthetic intelligence, the famous mathematician took pleasure in a periodic game of Monopoly– also going to the point of playing on a hand-drawn board made by good friend William Newman. With the formal Alan Turing edition of Monopoly, members can experience the game as he did with a board created after the initial hand-drawn model.
This isn’t merely a straightforward reskin either: the game will certainly consist of never-before-seen images of Turing, huts and blocks instead of hotels and properties, the board’s back story, and even Newman’s initial guidelines. The Alan Turing Monopoly game can be pre-ordered now for & pound; 29.99 (about $ 48) with deliveries anticipated to start in November. All proceeds of …
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Eugene Goostman is a 13-year-old Ukrainian boy from the city of Odessa. He has a pet guinea pig, likes candy and hamburgers, and has a famous gynaecologist for a father. Eugene is also a computer program, one whose artificial intelligence was good enough to win top prize at the Turing 100, the biggest Turing test in history. The event was held over the weekend at Bletchley Park near Milton Keynes in the UK, where the test’s designer, Alan Turing, first cracked the German Enigma code.
A successful machine can trick people 30 percent of the time — Eugene scored 29
A Turing test is designed to evaluate a machine’s artificial intelligence, measuring how often it can deceive a judge into believing it, too is a human being. A machine is…
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Today ’ s Google Doodle is a working Turing machine that has 6 puzzles. Sophia Foster-Dimino on Google ’ s Doodle group built the application in honor of Alan Turing ’ s 100th birthday.
Exactly what ’ s a Turing appliance? It ’ s not an actual appliance, per se, however an idea experiment that enabled the advent of digital computing.
Turing went on to head the department at Bletchley Park that decoded Germany ’ s Enigma encryption machine, thus turning the tide of the war. The British government ultimately sentenced him for “ gross indecency ” – homosexuality – and supplied him prison or chemical castration. He chose the last and eradicated himself 2 years later on.
UK PM Gordon Brown posthumously apologized to Turing in 2009.
Let ’ s take a minute to keep in mind Alan Turing, the creator of the modern-day computer system and a persecuted intellectual that, in the end, offered us anything we utilize every day.
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This week sees many corners of the globe commemorating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Alan Turing. A man whose contribution to the globes of tech and gadgets is immeasurable– a sentiment not lost on Google. Today, geeks and norms worldwide will definitely be waking up to potentially the most complicated doodle to date. Can you set the machine and spell out “Google”? If you can, you’ll be sent off to tons more information about the man himself. This isn’t really the only thing Mountain View’s done to keep his legacy alive, having actually recently assisted Bletchley Park raise funds to purchase (and display) Turing’s papers, and more recently assisting curators at London’s Science Museum with its Codebreaker – Alan Turing’s Life and Legacy exhibition. If you haven’t already, head to Google.com and pop your logic hat on, and if you get stuck, head past the break for a beneficial video.
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Alan Turing would have turned 100 this week, an event that would have, no doubt, been greeted with all manner of pomp — the centennial of a man whose mid-century concepts would set the stage for modern computing. Turing, of course, never made it that far, found dead at age 41 from cyanide poisoning, possibly self-inflicted. His story is that of a brilliant mind cut down in its prime for sad and ultimately baffling reasons, a man who accomplished so much in a short time and almost certainly would have had far more to give, if not for a society that couldn’t accept him for who he was.
The London-born computing pioneer’s name is probably most immediately recognized in the form of the Turing Machine, the “automatic machine” he discussed in a 1936 paper and formally extrapolated over the years. The concept would help lay the foundation for future computer science, arguing that a simple machine, given enough tape (or, perhaps more appropriately in the modern sense, storage) could be used to solve complex equations. All that was needed as Turing laid it out, was a writing method, a way of manipulating what’s written and a really long ream to write on. In order to increase the complexity, only the storage, not the machine, needs upgrading.
According to a recent experiment conducted at the
Techfetish Techniche festival in India, Cleverbot is getting increasingly well at convincing people it’s actually human. Probably because it makes zero f***ing sense to talk to, which is what we’ve come to expect from people on the internet.
Proposed by British computer scientist Alan Turing in the 1950s, the [Turing] test states that if a human talking to a machine believes the machine is human, it passes.
…Thirty volunteers conducted a typed 4-minute conversation with an unknown entity. Half of the volunteers spoke to humans while the rest chatted with Cleverbot. All the conversations were displayed on large screens for an audience to see.
Both the participants and the audience then rated the humanness of all the responses, with Cleverbot voted 59.3 per cent human, while the humans themselves were rated just 63.3 per cent human. A total of 1334 votes were cast – many more than in any previous Turing test, says Cleverbot’s developer and AI specialist Rollo Carpenter.
Admittedly, I was doing some research by talking to Cleverbot earlier and let me tell you: I don’t know how it could fool anyone. Imagine the most inept person you’ve ever talked to online, quadruple that, dumb down the grammar, and throw in the worst case of ADD ever diagnosed. That’s pretty much Cleverbot in a nutshell. Also: yours truly. BEEP BOOP PIZZA.
Thanks to Denise, who’s convinced people are sounding more and more like robots than robots are of people. Oh that’s deep.
If you don’t know who Alan Turing is, shame, shame on you. He was one of the most important and influential figures in early computing and machine logic, and his work made the machine you’re using right now possible. 56 years after his untimely death, a large lot of his papers and works are going up on the block at Christie’s, and one concerned citizen is hoping to raise enough money to acquire them for display in a museum.
It’s an admirable effort he’s making, but I can’t help but think that when lots like this cost half a million dollars, deep private pockets are the only ones that can afford it. Even the world’s most famous art and science museums rely on loaned works and objects from private collections. I remember not long ago when a set of Leonardo’s notebooks were purchased by Bill Gates and subsequently displayed at the Seattle Art Museum. The same could easily happen with Turing’s notebooks, though I wouldn’t presume to guess the likelihood of it.
That said, if you share Gareth Halfacree’s concerns, feel free to put a few bucks in the fund. If they can’t purchase the notebooks, the money will go to benefit Bletchley Park, home of Turing and his fellow code-breakers during World War II.
We pay lots of lip service to Turing but has anyone actually seen or thought about what Turing did for computing? Aside from the Turing Test, Alan Turing invented his Machine, a “tape-based” system for digital computing. The machines have always been thought of as a “thought experiment” but on crazy man actually built one.
Although this Turing machine is controlled by a Parallax Propeller microcontroller, its operation while running is based only on a set of state transformations loaded from an SD card and what is written to and read from the tape. While it may seem as if the tape is merely the input and output of the machine, it is not! Nor is the tape just the memory of the machine. In a way the tape is the computer. As the symbols on the tape are manipulated by simple rules, the computing happens. The output is really more of an artifact of the machine using the tape as the computer.
The heart of the turing machine is the read-write head. The read-write head transports the tape and positions cells of the tape appropriately. It can read a cell determining what, if any, symbol is written there. The machine works on, and knows about, only one cell at a time. The tape in my machine is a 1000â€™ roll of white 35mm film leader. The characters, ones and zeros, are written by the machine with a black dry erase marker.
This thing is so far over my head that it’s in the stratosphere, but it’s an amazing build.
Props to CrunchGear
Mike Davey wanted to build a real Turing machine, but unfortunately he could not find the infinitely long tape required for the project. His solution? Using 1000 feet of white 35mm film leader and a dry erase marker. Result? Brilliance. More »
Props to Gizmodo