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Person or computer: could you pass the Turing Test?
As mentioned already on this site and others, this year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of famed British mathematician Alan Turing. The outline of his remarkable life and sad ending has by now become fairly well known. Turing laid numerous foundation stones of modern computing, ranging from the deepest mathematical nature of computing (using what are now called Turing machines he provided the modern approach to incompleteness and undecidability) to specific issues of practical design; he also contributed to mathematical biology (morphology) and much else. At the same time, he played a key role in the British government’s breaking of the German Enigma code at the now-fabled but then ultra-secret Bletchley Park, thus arguably accelerating the end of the second world war. (via Person or computer: could you pass the Turing Test?)
Interest is now reviving in artificial intelligences that are able to imitate humans, thanks to revolutionary advances in technology, such as microchips that mimic brain cells, researchers say. The idea of computers advanced enough to perfectly mimic humans was most famously proposed by British mathematician Alan Turing, who helped the Allies win World War II by breaking top-secret Nazi codes. “Turing was without any question one of the founders of the modern computer age,” said Robert French, research director of cognitive science at the French National Center for Scientific Research.”He was an absolute genius. I don’t use that word very often, but he was.” (via How New Tech Is Reviving Hope of Humanlike Computers | Innovationnewsdaily.com)