By Christof Teuscher
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Written by means of a extraordinary solid of individuals, Alan Turing: existence and Legacy of an excellent Thinker is the definitive selection of essays in commemoration of the 90th birthday of Alan Turing. This fascinating text covers the wealthy aspects of his lifestyles, strategies, and legacy, but in addition sheds a few gentle at the way forward for computing technological know-how with a bankruptcy contributed by means of visionary Ray Kurzweil, winner of the 1999 nationwide Medal of know-how. additional, vital contributions come from the thinker Daniel Dennett, the Turing biographer Andrew Hodges, and from the prestigious philosopher Martin Davis, who presents a primary serious essay on an rising and debatable box termed "hypercomputation".
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ALAN (t hinking to him self ) It 's useless t o ask onese lf if two points are always equidistant ... I'm t he one who defined t he paramet er , a nd, just as a resear ch method will influence t he resul t of a n experiment , my ideas will t end to conform to t hat definition. These yardsticks ar e conventions we follow, and I adapt my laws t o my own yardsticks . How I envy t hose who believe in an absolute truth! I' ll have to wake up at four because t hen t he sky will be clear again a nd I' ll be able to see t he more distinct constellations ...
This way the program could learn and adapt itself - just like hu man b ein gs - to a changing en- Alan 's Apple: Hacking t he Tu rin g Test 29 vironment and t o circ umstances that it perceives t hroug h the combina t ions on the tape . T URIN G Wittgen st ein would call it heresy ... In fact , we'r e already able t o build devices that imitate all manner of human functions. But here we are dealing with t he nervous sys tem. We should see what kind of results we can obtain with a "b rain" without a body by equipping it with an eye at the most .
How? . HOUSEMASTER Morcom had tuberculosis, caused by drinking infect ed milk in Yorkshire, bovine tuberculosis . ALAN Bovine tuberculosis? HOUSEMASTER Yes. Two years ago, the disease caus ed grave int ernal damage and . . after terrible suffering he passed away at three this morning. ALAN (almost losing control) At three this morning? HOUSEMASTER Yes TUring , at three. ALAN (going to th e window; he glances a t the star glob e) I looked at my watch at three precisely. Something woke me up at three, something that made me think of Chris, the moon was setting ...
Alan Turing: Life and Legacy of a Great Thinker by Christof Teuscher