A Poor Imitation of Alan Turing by Christian Caryl | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books

december 2014 by pw201

The Imitation Game is pretty bad as history. Via HD on Facebook.

biography
film
review
turing
history
war
world-war-II
december 2014 by pw201

Why Philosophers Should Care About Computational Complexity

september 2011 by pw201

"One might think that, once we know something is computable, how efficiently it can be computed is a practical question with little further philosophical importance. In this essay, I offer a detailed case that one would be wrong. In particular, I argue that computational complexity theory---the field that studies the resources (such as time, space, and randomness) needed to solve computational problems---leads to new perspectives on the nature of mathematical knowledge, the strong AI debate, computationalism, the problem of logical omniscience, Hume's problem of induction, Goodman's grue riddle, the foundations of quantum mechanics, economic rationality, closed timelike curves, and several other topics of philosophical interest. I end by discussing aspects of complexity theory itself that could benefit from philosophical analysis."

philosophy
programming
complexity
compsci
turing
september 2011 by pw201

Unequally Yoked: Guestblogging Challenge: Take the Ideological Turing Test!

july 2011 by pw201

A suggestion: if you want to show that you understand the other side's position, test whether you can be distinguished from a genuine advocate of that position in a suitably anonymous test.

philosophy
debate
turing
july 2011 by pw201

A Turing Machine Overview

march 2010 by pw201

Someone has built this excellent mechanical Turing machine (OK, so it has electronics in the read/write head, but it's got real tape).

computers
hardware
programming
software
turing
video
algorithm
history
logic
compsci
march 2010 by pw201

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