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Peter Spinks explores the curiosities of science in his weekly column for The Age’s education section.
He wrote an article “Minds of their own” not too long ago about Alan Turing:
“THE world of computer science will pause on Saturday to mark what would have been the 100th birthday of the great British mathematician, computer scientist and World War II code-breaker, Alan Turing.
Widely regarded as one of the last century’s key scientists and thinkers, Turing believed that the capability of machines could be tested by the question and answer method of communicating.
Among other achievements, he established the Turing Test, first described in a 1950s paper. The now-legendary test requires a human judge to communicate separately, and in text only, with a person and a computer — not knowing which is which. If the judge cannot tell which of the two is the computer, the machine is deemed to have passed…” [read more]