Chapter 5, A Medium of the Most General Nature

Alan Turing


Alan Turing was born in London, England in 1912 and died in 1954. He was an English computer scientist, mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, and theoretical biologist. His work in the field with the creation of the Turing machine is what started the revolution the computer, with the Turing machine being consider the model for the general purpose computer. With his research he was considered to be the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence.

The movie The Imitation Game (2014) was a movie featuring Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, going through the events of World War II, in a glorified fashion, which lead to the creation of the Turing machine.

The evolution of technology from the Turing machine to smartphones

“Once information is digitized, the boundaries between media dissolve. We replace our special-purpose tools with an all-purpose tool” (88).

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RADIOLAB The Turing Problem

What if the internet stopped working for a day?