One of the most important computers in history

by George Lovell | | 0 comments

This is a computer built by Alan Turing in 1950 called the Pilot ACE. Truly cutting edge at the time.

The foundation for computers as we know them today: This was the iMac Pro or iPhone 14 Pro of it's time.

Just think of this before you disregard any novel or contemporary technology trends.

Alan Turing was an English mathematician and logician. You may know him as Benedict Cumberbatch's character in 2014 WWII drama, The Imitation Game. If not, it's a good movie. Spoilers follow.

Turing believed that computers eventually would be capable of thought indistinguishable from that of a human. His early machine and papers on computable numbers are widely acknowledged as the foundation of research in artificial intelligence. He did valuable work in cryptography during World War II, playing an important role in breaking the Enigma code used by Germany for radio communications. After the war he taught at the University of Manchester and began work on what is now known as artificial intelligence. In the midst of this groundbreaking work, Turing was found dead in his bed, poisoned by cyanide, in 1954, aged 41. His death followed his arrest for a homosexual act (then a crime) and sentence of 12 months of hormone therapy.

Oppressed by the government he saved.

It's simultaneously a heroic and tragic story. 

We've come a long way in computing and technology, but also as a collective species. Despite all the horrible things that are still going on in the world, one would hope that Turing would be proud of our modern technology and general standards of humanity - two things which must continue to evolve in tandem.
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