Alan Turing

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Goldbach’s conjecture is one of the best-known unsolved problems in mathematics.

The starting point for rigorous reasoning in mathematics is a system of axioms. An axiom is a statement that is assumed, without demonstration, to be (...)

Despite considerable joy on the part of Brexiteers, the agreement has left Britain  with a significantly weaker economic relationship with the EU. File photograph: The New York Times

Britain and the European Union each hailed the Trade and Co-operation Agreement sealed on Christmas Eve as a triumph for their negotiators which secur(...)

John McCarthy: the story of the computer scientist known as the father of artificial intelligence begins, like the best such stories, with a young man bringing a cow to market. Photograph: AP

Kerry cows have long horns, according to the proverb. But as I learned this week, at least one of them has a long story too – a saga that moves from K(...)

RPA technology demonstrates how a computer can imitate a human. Photograph: iStock

In 1950 Alan Turing, a logician and philosopher, proposed a test of a machine’s ability to imitate a human. His Turing test envisaged a human examine(...)

In his 2016 autobiography there’s a typical line from Jack Charlton. He saw someone drinking Coke and said: “What are you drinking that s*** for? Guin(...)

Alan Turing, the cryptanalyst who broke German codes during the second World War, noted in 1945 that the world would need a great deal of mathematicians because of complexity involved in programming machines.

Some 75 years ago, there were but a few electromechanical computers worldwide, used to break military encryption. Even just 40 years ago, at that time(...)

‘An AI that’s as clever as we are would, presumably, be as good at we are at programming AIs’

“I don’t expect your children to die of old age,” I was told, recently. It took me aback somewhat. Most AI researchers think it’s only a matter of ti(...)

Author Will Eaves, winner of the 2019 Wellcome Book Prize for Murmur, his novel inspired by the story of Alan Turing

Novelist Will Eaves has won the 2019 Wellcome Book Prize for Murmur, a novel which judges described as a “future classic”, and inspired by the legacy (...)

Apple chief executive Tim Cook is openly gay and also on great terms with one of the most conservative US presidents the country has elected in decades. Photograph: Stephanie Keith/Getty Images

For members of the LGBTQ community trying to make it in business and tech, acceptance in a straight man’s world is an additional challenge that must b(...)

Tim Berners-Lee attends an event celebrating the 30th birthday of the web, at the Science Museum  in London, England. Photograph: Eamonn M McCormack/Getty Images

Last week the web turned 30. In 1989 Tim Berners-Lee’s then CERN boss Mike Sendall took a look at his proposal for a linked information management sy(...)

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