So, over this past weekend, a computer running a program that styles itself "Eugene Goostman" is said to have successfully passed the Turing Test. Did that really happen? And, if so, what does it even mean?
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The British Parliament is warming to the idea of pardoning war hero Alan Turing, after the government gave a frosty reception in 2012 to a petition of 37,000 signatures demanding a pardon for the man widely regarded as the father of the modern computer.
In 1936, at the age of just 23, Alan Turing invented the fundamental logical principles of the modern computer -- almost by accident.
Codebreaker, a 2011 docudrama originally broadcast in the UK as Britain's Greatest Codebreaker, was a mind-bending entry in the recent Frameline37 film festival at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco.
Neither molecular biology nor mathematics alone can explain how developing organisms grow and change. We need both, working together.
Are computers becoming independent of the user? In other words, will the virtual machine at some point in time completely control the user or even exempt the user?
Even though Alan Turing laid the foundation for the computer age and helped turn the tide of World War II, he wasn't treated like a hero. Instead, he faced terrible persecution because he was gay. That's what sparked my interest in producing a film about him.
From the Arab spring to the explosive growth in Asia, from the financial crises in Europe to the rapid development of our own hemisphere, this program is global in ways that its founder could barely have imagined when that first group of Fulbright scholars arrived in 1947.
For 11 meticulously programmed days, Manchester highlights the sublime union of charity, history, the arts, and celebration. This fine balance between the Dionysian and Apollonian sides of gay culture should be the model for any Pride event worldwide.
The wow kicks in early at these exceptional shows at museums uptown and down. First at the Whitney with Yayoi Kusama, next with Bridget Riley's Ghosts in the Machine at the New Museum, and at MoMA's Century of the Child.
For aspiring intellectuals, a role model proves all the pondering and toil can (against all odds) end in recognition, validation, and triumph.
The Turing tragedy is worth considering, if only to remind us that despite a sustained shift away from sexual discrimination, science still hasn't fully come to terms with the fact that one of its most influential icons was gay.