The Universal Machine

By driwatson | From the dawn of computing to digital consciousness

How will technology affect storytellers?

The implications of AI for copywriting, and by extension marketing and PR, are huge though, even as the technology stands today. For brands, the …

Bletchley Park

For many geeks, Bletchley Park is known as the place where mathematician Alan Turing and his team of codebreakers worked tirelessly to crack the Nazi …

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George Boole: how a Victorian mathematics don became a digital pioneer

George Boole’s home city of Lincoln, 200 years after his birth, is set to celebrate his achievements as part of a digital arts festival<p>With a steely glare, a starched collar and a pair of truly prodigious sideburns, he is the digital pioneer you have almost certainly never heard of. Now, 200 years …

Mathematics

Shall I Compare Thee To An Algorithm? Turing Test Gets A Creative Twist

A machine with superhuman intelligence is a staple of science fiction. But what about a machine with just <i>ordinary</i> human intelligence? A machine that's so humanlike in its behavior that you can't tell if it's a computer acting like a human, or a real human?<p>That's what a Turing Test is designed to …

Artificial Intelligence

The Untold Story of Women Who Code

Computer programming is typically seen as being an activity that is done by young men of a certain type. Most TV shows (e.g., Silicon Valley) and …

Mechanical computation

Digi-Comp I (photo from Wikipedia)<p>It's of the nature of coincidences (that's another post) that your attention is drawn to something when it comes up …

How the World's First Computer Was Rescued From the Scrap Heap

Eccentric billionaires are tough to impress, so their minions must always think big when handed vague assignments. Ross Perot’s staffers did just …

Military History

The Imitation Game: how Alan Turing played dumb to fool US intelligence

One of the few who knew that Bletchley had cracked Enigma was Ian Fleming – working in naval intelligence – but the Americans were kept in the dark<p>On 12 November 1942, the mathematician Alan Turing arrived in New York, bound for Washington DC and the headquarters of the US Secret Service, an …

Ian Fleming

Harvard Researchers Build $10 Robot That Can Teach Kids to Code

Mike Rubenstein wants to put robots in the classroom.<p>Working with two other researchers at Harvard University, Rubenstein recently created what they …

Robotics

How Designers Recreated Alan Turing's Code-Breaking Computer for Imitation Game

Alan Turing may be the star of <i>The Imitation Game</i>, but the truly central figure in the film is Christopher. Named after Turing's childhood friend and …

Alan Turing

Where were the world's first computer animations produced?

UK computing is today celebrating fifty years since the launch of what was at that time the largest supercomputer in the world, the Atlas 1. When …

An Unprecedented Look at Stuxnet, the World's First Digital Weapon

In January 2010, inspectors with the International Atomic Energy Agency visiting the Natanz uranium enrichment plant in Iran noticed that centrifuges …

Iran

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'Quantum Cheshire Cat' becomes reality

<b>Scientists have for the first time separated a particle from one of its physical properties - creating a "quantum Cheshire Cat".</b><p>The phenomenon is named after the curious feline in Alice in Wonderland, who vanishes leaving only its grin.<p>Researchers took a beam of neutrons and separated them from …

How Artificial Superintelligence Will Give Birth To Itself

There's a saying among futurists that a human-equivalent artificial intelligence will be our last invention. After that, AIs will be capable of …

Microsoft Challenges Google's Artificial Brain With 'Project Adam'

We're entering a new age of artificial intelligence.<p>Drawing on the work of a clever cadre of academic researchers, the biggest names in …

Artificial Intelligence

Forget Turing, the Lovelace Test Has a Better Shot at Spotting AI

To pass the Lovelace Test a machine has to create something original, that it wasn't programmed to do.<p>Image: Shutterstock<p>When a chatbot called Eugene Goostman passed Alan Turing’s famous measure of machine intelligence in June by posing as a Ukrainian teenager with questionable language skills, the …

Artificial Intelligence

IBM spends $3 billion to push the far future of computer chips

Big Blue sets a five-year plan to figure out the manufacturing technology for the great-grandchild of today's chip tech -- and the even more different generations beyond that.<p>IBM will invest $3 billion over five years to develop processors with much smaller, more tightly packed electronics than …

Engineering

The Most Ambitious Artificial Intelligence Project In The World Has Been Operating In Near Secrecy For 30 Years

"We've been keeping a very low profile, mostly intentionally," said Doug Lenat, president and CEO of Cycorp. "No outside investments, no debts. We don't write very many articles or go to conferences, but for the first time, we're close to having this be applicable enough that we want to talk to …

Artificial Intelligence

Wearable tech: the next frontier for big data

The idea behind so many business people ditching their company smartphones for their own is BYOD Bring Your Own Device. At first this was a trickle …

Wearable Tech

Why We Need to Tame Our Algorithms Like Dogs

There is a theory among evolutionary anthropologists that dogs evolved from beasts to pets because the canines that continued to survive were those …

Computer Science

Lost Warhol originals extracted from decaying Amiga floppies

Golan Levin writes, "My lab (in collaboration with Cory Arcangel, the CMU Computer Club, The Andy Warhol Museum, and the Carnegie Museum of Art) has …

Cory Doctorow

Stephen Hawking: 'Are we taking Artificial Intelligence seriously

With the Hollywood blockbuster <i>Transcendence</i> playing in cinemas, with Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman showcasing clashing visions for the future of …

7 Tech Logos Before They Became Iconic

<i>Dominic Smith is a senior writer and content strategist for Rackspace Digital, the digital marketing infrastructure specialists.</i><p>Logos are an essential part of a brand’s identity. A great logo encapsulates the personality and promise of the business behind it.<p>Some of the world’s most ubiquitous …

Identity

Watson in your pocket: Supercomputer gets own apps

If you could quiz Watson, IBM’s all-knowing supercomputer, from an app on your phone, what would you ask it?<p>That is the question facing app …

5 "Inputs" You Need To Know About USB Type-C And How it Will Change the World (list)

A new USB connector is coming. And, yes, that is a cue to start groaning, because it means allllllll your old USB stuff will have to be either …