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The Turk, a chess-playing robot, was a hoax that started an early conversation about AI.
This was one of the big questions rattling around the young mind of Charles Babbage when he first saw the Turk play when it toured England under Maelzel in 1819. Three years later, Babbage began working on the Difference Engine, a machine designed to calculate and tabulate mathematical functions automatically. It was an early step on the path toward artificial intelligence.

"Unlike the new machines of the industrial revolution, which replaced human physical activity, this fragment of the Difference Engine, like the Turk, raised the possibility that machines might eventually be capable of replacing mental activity too," writes Tom Standage in The Turk.
automation  history  mechanicalturk  chess  artificialintelligence  charlesbabbage  mind 
february 2018 by vanevery
Untangling the Tale of Ada Lovelace—Stephen Wolfram Blog
Nice summary of Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage. I realised how little I actually knew about them. (via @cityofsound)
via:cityofsound  adalovelace  charlesbabbage  history  computers  stephenwolfram 
january 2017 by philgyford
Untangling the Tale of Ada Lovelace — Backchannel — Medium
Renowned scientist Stephen Wolfram dives into the relationship that gave birth to the age of computers
AdaLovelace  CharlesBabbage  differenceengine  computer  history  author:StephenWolfram  BackChannel  Medium  2015 
december 2015 by inspiral
LEGO Ideas - Lovelace & Babbage
Creating a Lego account just to support Lovelace & Babbage.
LEGO  AnalyticalEngine  AdaLovelace  CharlesBabbage  from twitter
december 2015 by theory
The tech innovators of the Victorian age - FT.com
What the Victorian computing pioneers can teach us about invention – and time travelling
AdaLovelace  CharlesBabbage  ComputerScience  history  FinancialTimes  2014 
october 2014 by inspiral

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