Tonight I’m popping some popcorn and curling up on the couch with this:
Alan Turing is my favorite figure from early computing history. Perhaps it is because he has the soul of a philosopher — he’s really the first theorist to ask questions about what machine intelligence would mean. Can a computer really think? Will a computer be able to feel? Will a computer ever be able to understand concepts like beauty?
That and the fact that he helped the Allies win World War II and was afterwards persecuted and eventually martyred by the same government that he had rendered such amazing service to.