June 23, 2012 marked the 100 year anniversary of mathematician and logician Alan Turing's birth. It was celebrated around the world in his honor. Alan Turing was a genius, a visionary, and a war hero. He developed a machine that cracked the German Enigma code during World War II, helping to end the war early, saving millions of lives. He has been called the father of computer science and artificial intelligence. His Turing Machine was one of the earliest models of a modern computer, illustrating the simple and brilliant logic necessary for algorithmic processing.
Alan Turing was also gay. And in post-war England, this was a crime. He was unafraid to live his life the only way he knew how, and his tragic end is a testament to his strength and character. In honor of LGBT history month, join me in celebrating the life of Alan Turing.
Earlier this year, I had the amazing opportunity to attend the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM's) Alan Mathison Turing Centenary Celebration. I interviewed giants in the computer science field about the mind and life of Alan Turing. Please take the time to watch the brief documentary. You can read a full transcript of the interviews below. CLICK HERE FOR FULL TRANSCRIPT
Video produced by Christopher Sprinkle and Cara Santa Maria. Shot by Roddy Blelloch. Special thanks to Virginia Gold and the Association for Computing Machinery.
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