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  • The Alan Turing QuizPart of the Alan Turing Centenery Celebrations, IISc

    October 7, 2012

  • Rules

    Direct questions, Infinite Bounce

    +10 on correct answer, no negatives

    Partial points at Quizmaster's discretion

    Quizmaster's decision is final

  • The Turing Test seeks to distinguish between humans and computers.

    X is the most widely deployed form of the Turing Test. It was so named by Carnegie Mellon University researchers.

    What is X?

  • CAPTCHA

    Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart

  • The mathematician Russell Impagliazzo, in his paper A Personal View of Average Case Complexity, describes five imaginary worlds: Algorithmica, Heuristica, Pessiland, Minicrypt and Cryptomania. Particularly in the world Algorithmica:

    Computers can solve many theorems automatically Current cryptographic schemes would become insecure Transportation would be optimal

    What property of Algorithmica makes this possible?

  • In Algorithmica, P = NP

  • Which system, a leap in natural language processing, does this diagram represent?

  • The DeepQA system underlying IBM's Watson. This is the first computer to win Jeopardy!

  • Charles Babbage (1822)

    Charles Babbage (1837)

    Alan Turing (1952)

  • Automatic Computing Engine, a general purpose computer designed by Alan Turing, and named in homage of Babbage's designs.

    Shown here is the Pilot ACE, the first.

  • Alan Turing introduced this computational technique, which computers use to: Solve square systems of linear equations Invert a matrix Compute determinant of a matrix

  • LU Decomposition/Factorization

  • Turing did not call his test of intelligence, the Turing Test. In his seminal paper published in 1950 in Mind, he wrote:

    It was suggested tentatively that the question, "Can machines think?" should be replaced by "Are there imaginable digital computers which would do well in the X?"

    What is X?

  • Imitation Game

  • Long Visual Connect

  • +60/-30

  • +40/-20

  • +30/-15

  • +20/-10

  • +10/-5

  • +5

  • Turing Prize Winners

  • Audience Questions

  • Although Turing's work on morphogenesis is well known (left), he was, at the time of his death working on another vexing problem in morphogenesis (right).

    What was this problem?

  • Fibonacci Phyllotaxis, the appearance of Fibonacci numbers in spiral arrangements in plants (seeds, leaves, etc.)

  • For his Fellowship at Kings College, Turing came up with an independent proof of this theorem. However, it had already been proven by Lindeberg in 1922.

    Which theorem?

  • The Central Limit Theorem

  • In 1952, Alan Turing was convicted under the Labouchere Amendment of 1885. This amendment made gross indecency (a term never defined) a crime in the United Kingdom.

    This law is also infamous for prosecuting, in 1895, a famous writer who was sentenced to two years of hard labour, the maximum afforded by the law at that time.

    Who?

  • The Irish playwright and novelist, Oscar Wilde.

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