Alan Turing

Why Eugene Goostman Did Not Pass the Turing Test

Jack Copeland | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK Tech
Jack Copeland

Shah and Warwick's mistaken claim that Eugene Goostman passed Turing's test rests on their having confused his prediction about the year 2000 for a statement of what counts as passing the test. Turing's own careful specification of what actually does count as passing his test simply gets ignored...

Alan Turing: 60 Years On

Victoria Sadler | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK Politics
Victoria Sadler

Turing committed suicide in 1954 - cyanide poisoning from an apple he had deliberately contaminated - widely seen as the result of his conviction in 1952 of indecency (Turing was gay) and the punitive course of chemical castration he was inflicted with as punishment for his 'crime.'

Big Data, Algorithms and Innovation - Oh My!

Brendan Flattery | Posted 06.07.2014 | UK Tech
Brendan Flattery

These two technologies are quietly changing lives and providing incredible innovations that have affected everyone who has ever searched the web, bought something from an online store, or been tempted to click on a website offering something that 'other readers/buyers also enjoyed'...

Budget Honour For WW2 Code Breaker Alan Turing

Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Tech

Nestled in the detail of George Osborne's 2014 budget was some good news for data scientists - and an overdue nod to famed Bletchley Park code breaker...

LGBT History Month, a.k.a. Human History Month

B.J. Epstein | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK
B.J. Epstein

Who cares about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their lives and accomplishments? We all should. But why? During LGBT History Month, we might learn about LGBT people who have made or continue to make a difference to our world. We can learn about their accomplishments and how they have changed science, literature, or many other fields.

LOOK: Alan Turing's Old Home Now Up For Sale

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Second World War code-breaker Alan Turing's old house in Wilmslow, Cheshire, has been put up for sale. The 5-bedroom property, "Copper Folly", tha...

Does His Psychology Reveal Whether Alan Turing Killed Himself

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

Turing was in fact initially arrested when he reported one of his lovers to the police for breaking into his house and burgling it. The police in turn found out about the sexual affair, and instead of prosecuting the thief, arrested Turing for gross indecency with another male. Turing played his violin for the detectives and served them wine. His statement left no doubt about his guilt...

Alan Turing: Was He Murdered By the Security Services?

Peter G Tatchell | Posted 23.02.2014 | UK Politics
Peter G Tatchell

I have this week written to the Prime Minister, David Cameron, urging a new inquiry into the death of the scientist Alan Turing, who has been finally granted a royal pardon for his 1952 conviction for homosexual relations. Turing is generally believed to have been committed suicide following his conviction and chemical castration. However, the original inquest into his death was perfunctory and inadequate. A new inquiry is long overdue, even if only to dispel any doubts about the true cause of his death - including speculation that he was murdered by the security services.

At Last! Turing Granted Posthumous Pardon For 'Homosexual Activity'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Second World War code-breaker Alan Turing has been given a posthumous royal pardon for a 61-year-old conviction for homosexual activity. Campaigner...

Will Turing Get His Pardon?

Jack Copeland | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Jack Copeland

In his short lifetime, Turing's profound achievements brought him all too little recognition. A pardon would be a powerful symbol, and another boost to his burgeoning public reputation. Yet while the coming debate is important, there are also other more concrete things that can be done to ensure Turing and his work receive adequate public recognition.

'The Gay Man Who Saved The World'

PA/The Huffington Post | Ned Simons | Posted 16.10.2013 | UK Politics

Commons Speaker John Bercow presented a posthumous award to Second World War codebreaker Alan Turing on Tuesday evening - amid calls for the mathemati...

'The Gay Man Who Saved The World': Bletchley Park Codebreaker Alan Turing To Receive Posthumous Award

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Gay codebreaker Alan Turing will be honoured with a posthumous award for his achievements at a ceremony hosted by Attitude magazine on Tuesday night. ...

Can You Crack This Code?

Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 12.09.2013 | UK Tech

The government's secretive listening post, GCHQ, have launched an online test to recruit the next generation of codebreakers. The first stage of th...

Why Alan Turing's Pardon Matters

Victoria Sadler | Posted 20.09.2013 | UK Politics
Victoria Sadler

Only last year the coalition government refused to pardon the 49,000 men all convicted under the 1885 Criminal Law Amendment Act, the act which recriminalized homosexuality. Alan Turing's conviction came from this Act but he was not the only famous person to suffer this. Oscar Wilde was also famously convicted under this act.

Alan Turing Must Be Pardoned, Demands House Of Lords

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 19.07.2013 | UK Politics

Alan Turing looks set to receive a pardon, after the government lent its support to a Bill that would overturn the wartime codebreaker's conviction fo...

Enigma Online: Google Launches Bletchley Park 'DIgital Museum'

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 14.05.2013 | UK Tech

Google has helped to secure the legacy of Bletchley Park, the wartime HQ of Alan Turing and Britain's heroic codebreakers, by launching a new online m...

Redress, Persecution and Optimism: Welcome to the World of LGBT Rights in 2013

Kevin Childs | Posted 02.03.2013 | UK
Kevin Childs

Jean-Claude Roger Mbédé is not a rich man, nor a part of his country's elite. He may never be an Alan Turing, he may be something else, something greater, but he'll be only a fraction of the person he could be while his identity remains the subject of cynical criminal sanctions.

Are You The Next James Bond?

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 19.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Britain's spy agencies have launched an apprenticeship scheme for teenagers to find the next 'James Bond', it has been not-so-secretly revealed. MI...

Spy Chief Pays Tribute To Enigma Codebreaker Alan Turing

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.10.2012 | UK

The head of intelligence agency GCHQ has paid tribute to World War II codebreaker Alan Turing, saying that the "cost of intolerance was a loss to the ...

Video Game Computer Bots Officially 'More Human Than Human'

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 01.12.2012 | UK Tech

Programmers have developed computer-controlled gamers which are more 'realistic' than humans. The study was an offshoot of the long-mooted 'Turing ...

How Twitter Saved Bletchley Park - Live From Brazil

Mark Hillary | Posted 26.11.2012 | UK Tech
Mark Hillary

Dr Black visited Brazil recently and toured the country lecturing on Bletchley Park and Alan Turing - 2012 being the one hundredth anniversary of the birth of Turing.

The Home of the WWII Codebreakers

Andrew Beazley | Posted 19.09.2012 | UK
Andrew Beazley

The estate of Bletchley Park can be found, enjoying regal respite, on lavish greens in Buckinghamshire. To the casual observer, there is nothing at all captivating about the site. But to the historian, or, fortunately, many a charming survivor of the old British Empire, this extensive manor is not merely a ramshackle corporation, it is the soul of our nation, hollowed ground, and the very embodiment of that uniquely British spirit, of resilience.

Alan Turing Plays Kasparov At Chess From 'Beyond The Grave'

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 26.08.2012 | UK Tech

The 100th anniversary of the birth of Alan Turing has been marked all over the world - but at the University of Manchester over the weekend the celebr...

Alan Turing May Not Have Killed Himself, Academic Claims

The Huffington Post UK | Charlie Lindlar | Posted 23.06.2012 | UK

Alan Turing, the Second World War codebreaker widely regarded as the father of modern computing, may not have committed suicide but died as a result o...

Happy 100th Birthday, Alan Turing

Philip Ellis | Posted 22.08.2012 | UK Tech
Philip Ellis

Alan Turing is a name with which a great many people are familiar, but probably not enough. A highly accomplished mathematician, codebreaker and computer scientist, he has been hailed as a pioneer and hero in the fields of modern computing and sexual politics.