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  1. Alan Turing

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Alan Turing (1912-1954) whose 1936 paper On Computable Numbers effectively founded computer science. Immediately recognised by his peers, his wider reputation has grown as our reliance on computers has grown. He was a leading figure at Bletchley Park in the Second World War, using his ideas for cracking enemy codes, work said to have shortened the war by two years and saved millions of lives. That vital work was still secret when Turing was convicted in 1952 for having a sexual relationship with another man for which he was given oestrogen for a year, or chemically castrated. Turing was to kill himself two years later. The immensity of his contribution to computing was recognised in the 1960s by the creation of the Turing Award, known as the Nobel of computer science, and he is to be the new face on the £50 note.

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  2. Learning from Britain’s secret decryption centre, Bletchley Park - Ockham’s Razor - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    Bletchley Park was Britain’s main decryption establishment during the Second World War, and the home of genius Alan Turing. Professor Mark Dodgson believes it has much to teach us about innovative organisations and the importance of diversity in skills.

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  3. Benedict Cumberbatch: Code Breaker Alan Turing Was A Puzzle Himself : NPR

    Cumberbatch stars in The Imitation Game, as the British mathematician who helped break German codes. "It’s a war thriller, it’s a love story and a tragic testament to a genius wronged," he says.

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  4. Alan Turing | Oxford DNB

    Oxford DNB biography podcast: Alan Turing (1912-1954), pioneer of computing

    “In 1944 Turing knew his own concept of the universal machine; the speed and reliability of electronics; and the inefficiency of building new machines for new logical processes. These provided the principle, the means, and the motivation for the modern computer, a single machine capable of any programmed task. He was spurred by a fourth idea that the universal machine should be able to acquire the faculties of the brain. Turing was captivated by the potential of the computer he had conceived. His thought became strongly determinist and atheistic in character, holding that the computer would offer unlimited scope for practical progress towards embodying intelligence in an artificial form.”

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  5. A Point of View: Lisa Jardine: Machine Intelligence

    Weekly reflections on topical issues from a range of contributors including historian Lisa Jardine, novelist Sarah Dunant and writer Alain de Botton.

    Lisa Jardine compares the contributions of Ada Lovelace and Alan Turing a century later to computer science and contrasts their views on the potential of and limits to machine intelligence. Producer: Sheila Cook

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  6. To The Best of Our Knowledge: Alan Turing

    The driving force behind modern computers, Alan Turing was born a hundred years ago. He launched the digital age, founded the fields of computer science and artificial intelligence, and helped the British win WWII by cracking the Nazi "Enigma" codes. He was persecuted by British authorities for the crime of being homosexual, and committed suicide at age 41. His life ended tragically, but his brilliance lives in the computers we use every day. We celebrate the Alan Turing Year.

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  7. The Most Human Human: A Defence of Humanity in the Age of the Computer

    Author Brian Christian will talk on the subject of his debut book The Most Human Human a superbly engaging re-evaluation of what it means to be human in the light of breathtaking advances in artificial intelligence.

    Brian Christian is an Author and Poet. He holds a dual degree in computer science and philosophy and an MFA in poetry.

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  8. American Bombe: How the U.S. Shattered the Enigma Code

    Many people know the story of Alan Turing and his work at Bletchley Park in designing the British bombes, the machines used to crack the German Enigma codes. What most people don’t know is what happened afterward. When the German military added a fourth rotor to the Enigma, a new type of machine was needed in order to crack the codes and keep Allied intelligence out of darkness. These American bombes were the first multifunction computers ever built, and are an important part of the history of modern computing. It’s the incredible, gripping story of an enterprise that rivaled the Manhattan Project in secrecy and complexity, and ultimately led to the first modern digital computer.

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