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Turing Test

The New Yorker didn't much like the new biography “The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer” by David Leavitt but the review was so interesting it makes me want to buy it.

1. Martini Computer, or Shaken Not Stirred
True or False: Turing worked on a computer which used the vibrations in gin as a data storage system.

2. Death of a Genius
Turing died when:
a.) He poisoned himself with cyanide, ashamed of his legal record of “moral turpitude”
b.) He accidently ingested chemicals he'd been working with while studying mathematical biology
c.) British secret agents poisoned his nighttime treat, pursuing a policy of making extra sure homosexuals couldn't be blackmailed for state secrets.
d.) Any of the above - no one knows for sure

3. Notable quotables
Which of the following quotes was not Turing's:
a.) "“I’m not interested in developing a powerful brain. All I’m after is just a mediocre brain, something like the president of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company,” to Bell Labs executives.
b.) “Science is a differential Equation. Religion is a Boundary Condition,” in a series of messages "from the unseen world.”
c.) "Would you be against creating a cow with a human brain," typed into a mechanical interface.


At 7:54 PM, Blogger Ivan said...



I'd like to see it too.

Are yall on digg? I've been enjoying it

At 2:30 PM, Blogger Miguel said...

The correct answers as reported in the linked article are:

1. True
2. d
3. c


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