100th Anniversary of the Birth of Alan Turing

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    Jun 23, 2012 3:49 PM GMT


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    Today, June 23rd, is the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of the 50 most important people of the Twentieth Century -- Alan Turing, to whom all of us owe much for so many reasons..
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    Jun 23, 2012 4:12 PM GMT
    Good post. The man was a true genius: his range of interests was vast and he suffered for being modest and for being gay (although he was not modest about being gay). He's one of those guys with a slow burn to his reputation. In 20 years time, they'll wonder how we ever managed to forget about him.
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    Jun 23, 2012 4:43 PM GMT
    I totally don't get the google doodle thing they made for him. Does anyone?
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    Jun 23, 2012 4:47 PM GMT
    SkinnyBitch saidI totally don't get the google doodle thing they made for him. Does anyone?


    It's a Turing Machine. It's pretty much the basis for computer coding.
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    Jun 23, 2012 4:50 PM GMT
    Just promise me you will stop the video after the first letter and use your heads... The one above your shoulders.

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    Jun 24, 2012 11:55 AM GMT
    SbStudent said
    SkinnyBitch saidI totally don't get the google doodle thing they made for him. Does anyone?


    It's a Turing Machine. It's pretty much the basis for computer coding.


    Or more precisely, a theoretical construct designed to show what is computable and what is not. Remarkably, all computers are equivalent to this abstract machine, and so have the same intrinsic limitations [neglecting time and memory constraints].

    The Turing machine was Turing's answer to one of the great problems in mathematics posed by Hilbert http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Entscheidungsproblem. He did so by using a version of the dramatic Cantor's Diagonal Argument http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cantor's_diagonal_argument.

    The biography by Hodges is well worth a read.
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    Jun 24, 2012 1:39 PM GMT
    We need to celebrate gay genius more on RJ. Kinda sad so many go to Pride but don't talk about who we should be proud of.
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    Jun 25, 2012 6:47 AM GMT
    swimguychicago saidWe need to celebrate gay genius more on RJ. Kinda sad so many go to Pride but don't talk about who we should be proud of.


    So true we need to start encouraging kids to learn that throughout history Gay men and women have been remarkable human beings and done some extraordinary things.

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    Jun 25, 2012 6:51 AM GMT
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    swimguychicago saidWe need to celebrate gay genius more on RJ. Kinda sad so many go to Pride but don't talk about who we should be proud of.


    So true we need to start encouraging kids to learn that throughout history Gay men and women have been remarkable human beings and done some extraordinary things.

    Maybe we should talk more about it in our everyday, so instead of the stereotypical gay conversations/argument being about, "Madonna vs GaGa, or Cher vs Christina" it can be on what kinds of strides particular gay men and women who inspire your life have made; like Harvey Milk, Alan Turing... etc... noone is ashamed to mention Martin Luther King Jr. or any of their straight heroes, why should we be ashamed of ours?
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    Jun 25, 2012 11:05 AM GMT
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    Jun 26, 2012 2:49 AM GMT
    "Breaking the Code" was my first gay play in New York. During its run I saw Derek Jacobi, who played Turing, at my neighborhood bar, "The Works."
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    Jun 26, 2012 2:50 AM GMT
    I wrote my term paper on him in gr. 8! Kind of ironic that we had to pick topics... and I picked a gay man! icon_smile.gif
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    Oct 15, 2013 2:45 PM GMT
    UK: House of Commons Speaker to honour Alan Turing ‘the gay man who saved the world’ with posthumous award


    http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/10/15/house-of-commons-speaker-to-honour-alan-turing-the-gay-man-who-saved-the-world-with-posthumous-award/
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    Oct 15, 2013 9:25 PM GMT
    I recently saw an exhibition about Alan Turing at the Science Museum in London. It was a tragedy this genius of a man was hounded to death.
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    Oct 16, 2013 3:15 AM GMT
    Britain cannot be more wrong in the case of Alan Turing - A tragic crime against Turing and gay people.

    "Turing's homosexuality resulted in a criminal prosecution in 1952, when homosexual acts were still illegal in the United Kingdom. He accepted treatment with female hormones (chemical castration) as an alternative to prison. Turing died in 1954, just over two weeks before his 42nd birthday, from cyanide poisoning. An inquest determined that his death was suicide; his mother and some others believed his death was accidental.

    On 10 September 2009, following an Internet campaign, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown made an official public apology on behalf of the British government for "the appalling way he was treated." In May 2012, a private member's bill was put before the House of Lords to grant Turing a statutory pardon.[7] In July 2013 it gained government support.[8]" ... from wikipedia

    Also there is more evidence of his suicide at
    http://www.turingfilm.com/turing-suicide

    Turing's conviction led to the removal of his security clearance, and barred him from continuing with his cryptographic consultancy.... Basically, his professional career and life was over, for admitted to being gay.

    Beside shortening WWII by at least 2 years breaking the German's code saving hundreds of thousands of lives, in 1950, he prompted the field of artificial intelligence in a paper that posed the question: “Can machines think?”

    It was Alan's 19yr old lover's acquaintance, who burgled Alan's house that caused his sexual prosecution. It was his 'trust' in people. If he was a little more careful with people, perhaps there were no prosecution.

    Life lesson: don't let your guard down. Secure your house. And think about if you should get the police involved in anything.
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    Oct 17, 2013 4:32 PM GMT
    David Cameron to ‘look into’ pardon for gay war hero Alan Turing

    http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/10/16/stephen-gilbert-mp-raises-question-of-alan-turing-pardon-with-prime-minister/
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    Oct 17, 2013 4:36 PM GMT
    So many hidden heros in the war to save this special island
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    Dec 23, 2013 10:44 PM GMT
    Gay computer hero Alan Turing pardoned by Queen Elizabeth II

    Mathematician who helped the Allies win World War II had been convicted of having sex with another man



    http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/gay-computer-hero-alan-turing-pardoned-queen-elizabeth-ii231213
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    Dec 23, 2013 11:33 PM GMT
    Hooray! Justice is finally served!
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    Dec 23, 2013 11:35 PM GMT
    swimguychicago saidWe need to celebrate gay genius more on RJ. Kinda sad so many go to Pride but don't talk about who we should be proud of.

    +1
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    Apr 11, 2014 9:06 PM GMT
    COMPUTER GENIUS ALAN TURING'S MORPHOGENESIS THEORY PROVEN CORRECT


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    Meet Alan Turing. American Hero. Pioneer. Gay man.

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    Aug 23, 2014 12:22 AM GMT
    With Queen's Decree, Alan Turing Is Now Officially Pardoned
    Following a lengthy process, Alan Turing, the scientist who broke the Nazi's Enigma code machine during World War II, was formally pardoned by the British monarch Tuesday.

    http://www.advocate.com/world/2014/08/22/queens-decree-alan-turing-now-officially-pardoned
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    Jan 22, 2015 4:23 PM GMT
    'The Rhodes Bros' Discuss Their Viral Coming Out Video With Ellen DeGeneres


    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/22/rhodes-bros-gay-ellen-degeneres_n_6519538.html
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    Jan 26, 2015 1:29 AM GMT
    HRC Calls for Pardon for Those who were Punished Alongside Alan Turing


    http://www.hrc.org/blog/entry/hrc-calls-for-pardon-for-those-who-were-punished-along-side-alan-turing
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    Jan 29, 2015 7:22 PM GMT
    The True Story of Alan Turing



    http://www.bilerico.com/2015/01/the_true_story_of_alan_turing.php