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Monday, 21 November 2011

AudioBoo - Alan Turing Lived Near Me.

Alan Turing Lived Near Me. (mp3)

Talking about Alan Turing, who lived some of his early life near my house.
The tv prog i mention is on Channel 4, in the UK, at 9pm this evening, 21st November.


  1. Yes, I've heard the name before in connection with artificial intelligence, in particular the Turing Test. I'll quote from Wikipedia, if I may:

    "In Turing's original illustrative example, a human judge engages in a natural language conversation with a human and a machine designed to generate performance indistinguishable from that of a human being. All participants are separated from one another. If the judge cannot reliably tell the machine from the human, the machine is said to have passed the test."

    I don't think it's quite there yet, but I've certainly been impressed by what I've seen of the iPhone's Siri, though frankly it makes me nervous to be too dependent on technology. But who am I kidding—electricity, central heating, refrigerators, radios, televisions, telephones, record players, automobiles, microwaves, right down to clothing and indoor plumbing—I've been immersed in it since I was delivered by Caesarian section.

    Tragic about Turing's death. I hadn't heard the anecdote about the Apple logo.

  2. Dugal: They mentioned the "Turing Test" in the program. Thankfully, the prog was very well done & the docu/drama split was handled well. They even mentioned that he lived here during his early years.
    His death certainly was tragic & he would never have been towards it in these more enlightened times. It's a rather bad inditement of UK society at that time.
    If you get the chance the prog is well worth searching out. It's called "Britain's Greatest Codebreaker".