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In celebration of Alan Turing's 100th anniversary, Brandom Keim has a very nice post in Wired Science:

Alan Turing Is Still Alive

Turing at War

When the history books of the future are written, Alan Turing will go down in the company of Newton and Darwin and Einstein. His visions changed how humanity conceives of computation, information and pattern -- and 100 years after his birthday, and 58 years after his tragic death, Turing's legacy is alive and growing.

In celebration of his achievements, the Royal Society, the world's oldest scientific fellowship -- Newton was once its president -- published two entire journal issues devoted to Turing's ongoing influence. On the following pages, Wired looks at some of the highlights.

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I actually did not know he had made contributions to the field of morphogenesis!

Though he was only just beginning to publish on the subject by the time of his death in 1954 (and it was not until the 1990s that much of his work was finally published), Turing’s contributions to morphogenesis are still relevant to the field today. Morphogenesis is the process by which multi-celled life develops its shape as it grows, and Turing’s 1951 paper The Chemical Basis of Morphogenesis explored how non-uniform biological characteristics (like stripes on a zebra) could arise out of a uniform starting state in the womb. Turing was fascinated his entire life by the structure of plant petals and seeds (phyllotaxis), and how they seemed to adhere to the Fibonacci sequence — especially when it came to sunflowers. You can help complete his unfinished research on this with the Turing’s Sunflowers project, which aims to crowdsource growing thousands of sunflowers around the country in 2012 so we can prove Turing’s thesis once and for all.

Go to if you are looking for more information: the theory behind the movie (Fibonacci, Golden Ratio, Delaunay, Voronoi…), stills and screenshots showing the work in progress. There are lots of free training materials and 3D workshops, too ;-)

Very nice video! I like!

The Google interactive toy of the day for Turing.  

What's the link to the interactive doodle?

Okay, St Adriana Mus Musculus , the secret URL is 

Times Square - New York, New York

Amusing Doone, amusing! chuckle, chuckle.

Haha! That will teach me to post comments before drinking my coffee!

Alan Turing's life timeline can be found here. Who knows what other great things he would have achieved had he not been the victim of prejudice in the 1950s society.

At Cardiff University, students found it easier to pretend to be gay than Christian. A measure, called the 'identification ratio', or 'IR', was developed to make numerical comparisons. The IR is right answers minus wrong answers divided by the total number of trials. For the blind pretending to be sighted the IR was 0.13; for the sighted pretending to be blind the IR was 0.86. For straight students pretending to be gay, the IR was 0.4; for secular students pretending to be active Christians, the IR was 0.7. This gives some indication of how secular a country Britain has become.

Though this result was striking, with the numbers of students involved, the difference between 0.4 and 0.7 isn't quite statistically significant. The research is now moving on from tests with quasi-controls where big differences could be expected, to cross-national comparisons of a single condition where differences are going to be smaller and far larger samples are required. Since playing large numbers of imitation games is time-consuming and difficult organizationally, the experiments have been taken apart and redesigned with the production line, ethos in mind. Initially, some games are played to produce sets of good judge-questions and good expert-answers. Then, the sets of questions are presented to much larger numbers of pretenders. Finally, the sets of questions and pretender-answers are recombined with original expert-answers, and sets of completed dialogues are sent to fairly large numbers of judges. This is a better way to test for differences between populations because the representative sample of pretenders is key. Initial results suggest that the technique may work, but it is in its early days.

Many consider themselves experts after reading a popular science book, watching a TV program that covers a technical issue, or looking up a complex topic on the Internet. A good question to ask is how the new knowledge compares with interactional expertise. Could you pass an Imitation Game? If not, when a debate arises, are you really qualified to advocate for one technical point of view over another?


Yes, the UK has fortunately become very secular. I'd be happy if America was like the UK. Too late for Turing, though.

Happy 100th, Alan Turing!

Alan Turing, der wahrscheinlich wichtigste Kryptograph, Mathematiker und Informatiker, Erschaffer des Turing Tests zum Nachweis künstlicher Intelligenz und der nach ihm benannten Maschine, Knacker des Enigma-Codes, mit dem die Nazis im zweiten Weltkrieg ihre Botschaften verschlüsselten und nicht zuletzt vom Staat gemobbter und in den Selbstmord getriebener Homosexueller. Turing gilt als Vater der Informatik, der Robotik und der künstlichen Intelligenz. Tragische, historisch extrem wichtige Figur, nicht nur in Hinblick auf die Entwicklung des Computers. hat heute ein Doodle in Form eines Turing-Machine-IQ-Tests, dieses Video hier erklärt, wie’s funktioniert:

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The Atlantic: What Happens When We Turn the World’s Most Famous Robot Test on Our...: „For years the Turing Test has been used to compare humans with computers. Now sociologists are using it to compare humans with each other.“

Wired UKs Turing-Week

Wired: The Rich Legacy of Alan Turing: „Alan Turing achieved more in the space of a few decades than anyone could hope to achieve in a lifetime. His ability to imagine the unimaginable and put these lofty theories down on paper, and then into practice, show a highly disciplined character capable of becoming an expert in pretty much anything he had an interest in. Turing went from drawing up a basic model for all computers to breaking down the constructs of complex chemical reactions with enviable ease.“

Economist: The Science Museum’s Alan Turing exhibition – A beautiful mind: „This year marks the hundredth anniversary of his birth, and one of the many tributes is a new exhibition at Britain’s Science Museum. Unlike other Turing tributes, which have tended to focus on one aspect of his work, the Science Museum aims to give a flavour of Turing the individual, and thus the exhibition mixes illustrations of the importance of his academic achievements with exhibits from the personal life of the man himself.“

Die BBC hat eine siebenteilige Artikelserie: Alan Turing: why the tech world’s hero should be a household nameThe codebreaker who saved ‘millions of lives’Is he really the father of computing?The experiment that shaped artificial intelligenceGay codebreaker’s defiance keeps memory aliveCentenary of the birth of WWII code breaker Alan Turing

Guardian: Alan Turing: the short, brilliant life and tragic death of an enigm...

ZDNet: Alan Turing: The computing pioneer’s life and works, in photos


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