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Of special significance this year is the centenary of Alan Turing’s birth. This panel will have focus on Alan Turing and his unique impact on the history of computing, computer science, artificial intelligence, developmental biology, and the mathematical theory of computability.
Panelists will likely differ on finer points and will look at the topic from different angles though at the same time grounded in significant research. A dash of debate will be encouraged.
The level of audience sophistication will vary, though a significant portion will have enough background to appreciated the finer and more technical points.
The point of this panel is to explore: the significance of Alan Turing’s work, and how it is being used today.
Agenda bullet points (ruff):
June 23 marks the 100th birthday of Alan Turing. Turing’s genius played a major role in helping turn the tide of WW2 — cracking and re-cracking of Germany’s Enigma cipher allowed for a naval blockade against the Third Reich. That single espionage victory gave the United States control of the Atlantic shipping lanes, eventually setting the stage for the 1944 invasion of Normandy.
His is a story of astounding highs and devastating lows. A story of a genius whose mathematical insights helped save thousands of lives, yet who was unable to save himself from social condemnation, with tragic results. Ultimately though, it’s a story of a legacy that laid the foundations for the modern computer age.” – Vint Cerf – BBC Article