Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Turing documentaries on Youtube

Turing documentary on YouTube in Italian features photographs of a young Turing, and his childhood friend, Christopher Morcom:

Another documentary explains the Turing Machine neatly:

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Celebrating 50 years of manned space flight: IET lecture on Yuri Gagarin

Fantastic evening at the IET with three inspiring talks on the first incredible manned space flight with Yuri Gagarin.

Scientist and broadcaster, Dr. Christopher Riley's haunting movie 'First Orbit' on that historic and amazing moment in human history here:

Monday, March 14, 2011

45th Anniversary of Weizenbaum's Eliza and IBM Watson success

Happy 45th birthday ELIZA!

I've been meaning to post a message here since IBM Watson's remarkable question-answer success last month in the US TV general knowledge quiz show Jeopardy! This is IBM's second man vs machine success, previously by Deep Blue in chess against Gary Kasparov in 1997.

45 years ago in January 1966, Joseph Weizenbaum unveiled the first computer programme, ELIZA, permitting communication between a human and a machine. The interaction used the text-based medium, which Alan Turing had proposed in 1950 as a means to examine whether a machine could think.

What is thinking? If you want to know, watch Watson's February 2011 performance against two humans in Jeopardy!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

TED talk on 'birth of language'

Astonishing study on evolution of word pronunciation, by MIT researcher involving his child:

More on "how we learn language, in context, through the words we hear" here.