And the fact that Turing was only posthumously pardoned by the Queen late last year is pretty insane.
In his 1950 paper “Computing Machinery and Intelligence,” Turing asked, “Can machines think?”
His whole Turing test strategy consists of finding things computers can't mimic and then playing them up.
At no time during his ordeal was Turing able to publicly reveal the far greater secret that had framed his life since 1940.
Whatever the reason, in 1954 Turing found himself out in the cold as far as any future secret work was concerned.
The Turing test is named for computer scientist, mathematician, logician, and philosopher Alan Turing.
Churchill would later say Turing made the single biggest contribution to allied victory.
Nonetheless, Turing killed himself on June 7, 1954, in a deliberately prepared way, by eating a cyanide-laced apple.
The Turing test side steps the messy bits to provide a pragmatic framework for testing.
The problem had been that Turing was smarter than the guy who thought up Enigma.
1. Alan Turing.
2. R.C. Holt
Available from Holt Software Assocs, Toronto.
Versions for Sun, MS-DOS, Mac, etc.
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["Turing Language Report", R.C. Holt & J.R. Cordy, Report CSRI-153, CSRI, U Toronto, Dec 1983].
["The Turing Programming Language", R.C. Holt & J.R. Cordy, CACM 31(12) (Dec 1988)].