It’s time we embrace the true meaning of the word ‘reparations'—this isn’t just about giving people money, it’s about offering apologies and taking account for previous mistakes.
What makes a brain tick is very different from how computers operate.
Brain functions integrate and compress multiple components of an experience, including sight and smell – which simply can’t be handled in the way computers sense, process and store data.
Some people claim it’s already been passed. But Alan Turing’s test of whether artificial intelligence can act like a human remains an important benchmark for our species.
An mbu pufferfish wearing a particularly mesmerising Turing pattern.
Alan Turing’s last published paper revealed the mathematics behind the beautiful patterns that adorn the natural world.
Smart eve versus the iCub. iCub learns from how children play.
Teaching robots to care for us in old age will be child’s play.
A scene from Ex Machina, where a man becomes close to a robot who displays emotion.
In the future, consciously aware robots could be part of our everyday world, deserving of moral respect and consideration.
Let us now praise famous men.
Several outstanding women were nominated, but Rainbow Murray, an adviser to the series, says the public vote showed how we’re still more inclined to recognise male achievement.
Alan Turing statue at Bletchley Park.
The man who conceived the computer and helped crack the Nazi Enigma code deserves national recognition.
A mathematician has joined the dots between Alan Turing and chasing cells to find out how skin patterns are formed.
Asking whether machines can really understand us is meaningless.
Biologists only really started to use maths in the last few decades.
This is how Greater Manchester is set to become one of the world’s leading ‘digital cities’.
Running causes new brain cells to grow. But why does this happen? What is the evolutionary advantage?
Who will make a better dance mix – a computer or a human?
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Testing whether machines are capable of generating sonnets, short stories or dance music that is indistinguishable from human-generated works.
Alan Turing is now feted – but what of other gay people in government service?
Hundreds, if not thousands, of gay people had their careers and lives blighted by official discrimination.
Can a machine really think, be in awe and wonder?
As machines get ever more complex as we strive to make them complete more complex tasks, it’s time to ask again: will they ever be able to think? But what is thinking anyway?
The challenge in making AI machines appear more human.
If we can make artificial intelligent machines that act more human it raises the question of what sort of emotions we’d like them to express.
Until machines become truly intelligent, they’re going to make a lot of mistakes when they try to help us.
Computers try to predict our behaviour and anticipate our needs, but sadly they often get things dreadfully wrong.
In fear of draconian laws.
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Benedict Cumberbatch plays the wartime codebreaker Alan Turing.
The Imitation Game
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