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Turing's Legacy: From the Science of Computation to Machines that Think
    Thursday July 12, 2012 4:00pm - 5:30pm @ Liffey Hall 2

    Alan Turing is widely regarded as the father of Computer Science.  Working with the first electronic programmable computing device -- the Collossus -- at Bletchey Park in WWII, he was one of the code-breakers who cracked the Engima machine used by the German military. He was also responsible for informing the debate on how we could ever determine whether "Machines can Think".   Turing's answer was the so-called Turing Test, that if the machine could pass itself off as a person in some extended interaction then we would have to admit that it was effectively indistinguishable from a person and, therefore, could think.

    On the centenary of his birth it is fitting to re-assess Turing's Legacy.  Given the major advances in computing technology from the 1016 factor increase in computational power, to the development of highly advanced software systems, to the assembly of vast repositories of information both on and off the internet, it is timely to ask how Turing's views have impacted our understanding of computation and human intelligence. 

    This session will assess this question from the perspectives of Computer Science, Mathematics, Cognitive Science and Philosophy.

    • From the Computer Science perspective, Dr. Freddy Lecue (IBM) will discuss one of the most advanced artificial intelligence systems --- the IBM Watson system -- relating its success on the Jeopardy! general knowledge TV-game show.
    • From the Mathematics perspective, Prof. Marcus du Sautoy (Oxford University) will relate the mathematical origins of Turing's conception of computation.
    • From the Cognitive Science perspective, Prof. Mark Keane (University College Dublin) will show how aspects of human decision making (in buying shares) and creativity (in drawing analogies in Science) can all be cast as varied forms of computation.
    • From the Philosophical perspective, Prof. Dermot Moran (University College Dublin) will discuss the conditions under which something like the Turing Test could ever be accepted. 

    School of Philosophy, University College Dublin, Ireland

    IBM Research + Development, Ireland

    Charles Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science...

    Chair of Computer Science, University College Dublin, Irelan...

    Type Science Programme, Reshaping the Frontiers of Knowledge
    Host Organization ESOF2012
    Tags SP95

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