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Alan Turing: Codebreaker and AI Pioneer

Alan Turing: Codebreaker and AI Pioneer

This video was recorded at MIT World Series: Creativity: The Mind, Machines and Mathematics. The code-breaking work at Bletchley Park, which helped save Britain from Nazi Germany, qualifies as one of the greatest stories of World War II, and the misunderstood genius, Alan Turing, stands at the center of this tale. Perhaps no one understands Turing's role during this period -- and his larger impact on mathematics and computing -- like B. Jack Copeland. In this lecture, Copeland contends that Turing should be celebrated as the father of artificial intelligence. He dates the origins of AI "to the dark days in 1940, 1941" when Turing and fellow code-breakers were pitted against the Nazi code machine Enigma. Copeland describes how Turing broke the previously inviolable indicator system of... Show More

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