Alan Turing

Codebreaker: screening and question-and-answer session

There will be a special pre-release screening of the documentary Codebreaker on Friday, October 11, beginning at 7 p.m., in Harris Cinema. Codebreaker tells the story of Alan Turing, a mathematician and cryptanalyst who was one of the founders of computer science. The title refers both to his highly successful contributions to breaking the Germans' primary military cipher system during the second world war and to his unwillingness to conform to arbitrary and cruel social conventions.

A question-and-answer session with Patrick Sammon, the executive producer of Codebreaker, will follow the screening.

Computer Science Table: "Turing on artificial intelligence"

For this week's Computer Science Table (at noon on Friday, September 6, in Rosenfield 224A), the reading is a classic paper on artificial intelligence:

Turing, A. M. (1950). Computing Machinery and Intelligence. Mind 59: 433-460.

Come learn the real scoop on the “Turing test”!

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