Category Archives: Artificial Intelligence

Triumph of the Robots

Today in 2004, Dan Pulcrano of the Metro published “Triumph of the Robots: When Google tweaks its search rankings, whole economies tremble in fear”: The rapid ascent of invisible robots is a unforeseen twist in the sci-fi playbook. The theme of … Continue reading

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Alan Turing On Computable Numbers

Today in 1936, Alan Turing delivered to the London Mathematical Society his paper “On Computable Numbers, with an Application to the Entscheidungsproblem.”  In the paper, Turing described the Universal Machine, which later became known as the Turing Machine. This was an idealized … Continue reading

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General Meetings of The Boston Computer Society (Video)

“These are a few brief samples from more than 20 hours of The Boston Computer Society General Meetings. Each meeting featured a leading personal computer industry visionary introducing a new product or technology to the world’s largest personal computer user … Continue reading

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Milestones in Computing History

Today in 1946, the Subcommittee on Large-Scale Computing Devices (LCD) of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE) was formed, evolving in 1963 into the IEEE, and by 2010, serving more than 395,000 members in 160 countries. Also today, in … Continue reading

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Alan Turing 1912-1954

Today in 1954, Alan Turing died from cyanide poisoning. An inquest determined that his death was suicide; his mother and some others believed his death was accidental. Turing is widely considered to be the father of computer science and artificial intelligence.  Check … Continue reading

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Machine Learning, 1989

From Bayesianbiologist: “This image comes from the cover of Preliminary Papers of the Second International Workshop on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics (1989)… I just love the idea of machine learning/AI/Statistics evoking a robot hand drawing a best fit line through some … Continue reading

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Ray Bradbury 1920-2012

In 1950, typing rapidly on a pay-by-the-hour typewriter in UCLA’s library basement, Ray Bradbury completed in just nine days the first draft of what will become Fahrenheit 451. In the book, which was published in 1953, Bradbury described a society … Continue reading

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