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Best doodle ever? functioning Turing machine puzzle. Happy 100th Birthday Alan Turing.
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"His genius and insight helped saved thousands of lives, but tragically he was unable to save himself" - "father of the internet" +vint cerf reflects on the life of the "father of computer science" Alan Turing.
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This is completely amazing.
How much could you do with just 4kB?
Yes kB not MB. That's less data than an empty word doc uses up or less than

Well this made a video that will blow your mind with just 4kB. That includes the infinitely complex fractal landscape, the rendering, the raytracers AND the music!
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But you know, you could just play video games...
Hartverdrahtet is a three minute long audio-visual trip into an procedural fractal universe, compressed into a minuscule piece of software.
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Almost impossible to imagine so much could be created by such a limited amount of data. Fascinating!
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Getting another #TuringTuesday started with what else? Quantum networks! Share you stories and news about Computer Science, Computing, Math in the modern world with the tag #TuringTuesday.
 
The future of computing depends on being able to perform basic communication like this over quantum links. It's also pretty cool in it's own right. Happy #TuringTuesday! Share your computer science stories and news!
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Oh, can't resist some good Latex Templates. What's more #turingtuesday than explaining to people that you write your documents, essay's, paper's, novels and everything else with a programming language? Looks like a good resource.
 
Check out this great new website for LaTeX templates: www.latextemplates.com. There are some nice templates for letters, lab reports, calendars, theses, assignments, essays, and CVs. The templates are well-structured with lots of comments to make it easy to understand how they work, and to make modifications. Even experienced LaTeXers will probably learn some new tricks and new packages from browsing the templates.
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Happy Turing Day everybody!

Today it's a hundred years since he was born. I can't help feeling that there is an interesting symmetry to him being born half the year away from Christmas (and consequently half a year away from Newtons birthday which might be a more relevant comparison), but maybe that is taking it a bit to far. 

Anyways,I will take some time today to consider what he did for us, how we repaid him and the implications of that. And to rejoice in the fact that he existed and that we might one day get another genius like that to fundamentally change how we interact with each other and the world.

And maybe this time we won't crucify him.
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Watch this years Loebner Prize (Turing test) live online...
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This is fascinating research about the wisdom (or lack of wisdom) of crowds. This should have implications for any attempt to harness groups of people online to aid computation or find answers more quickly. The trick might be to not let them talk too much before you get their answer.
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Wisdom of crowds refers to the phenomenon that the aggregate prediction or forecast of a group of individuals can be surprisingly more accurate than most individuals in the group, and sometimes - than any of the individuals comprising it. This article models the impact of social influence on the wisdom of crowds. We build a minimalistic representation of individuals as Brownian particles coupled by means of social influence. We demonstrate that t...
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Missed resharing this one last #turingtuesday
It would help if other people than just +Niffe Hermansson and +Mark Crowley were posting.
 
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Continuing along the same lines as last weeks TuringTuesday post this is an awesome memorial, almost good enough to make Turing justice. The placement right between the Manchester University and the Manchester Gay District is awesome. The sitting statue contemplatively holding an apple is beautifully executed. And the plaque at his feet reading "Father of computer science, mathematician, logician, wartime codebreaker, victim of prejudice" is a fantastic tribute.

However, it's sad that it's only an "Artists impression of an enigma message" on the bench, and here is why:
When I first read about this statue and saw that it contained a string encoded with Enigma, my head started spinning. Especially when I saw that they hadn't included the enigma model, or the Key. That would mean that if the string of characters was long enough the message could be decoded, but only as long as we retain the knowledge that Turing gave us. It would be a material benchmark for making sure that we at least haven't lost what he worked so hard to bestow on humanity.

But the fact that this memorial didn't contain that benchmark doesn't mean that we can't make it a reality. And I hope one day someone does.

(Just to be clear: there is no pun intended with the Benchmark-Markings on a Bench-thing. I just realized, in the act of posting, that it could be interpreted that way. If you did, it's on you!)
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Recommender systems like Netflix are some of the most complex algorithms people interact with every day. They take the preferences of thousands of other individuals and search to find other people with similar interests to you so they can suggest new movies you are most likely to pay for. The problem now is apparently they are very good at individuals but not at distinguishing different individuals within the same household...there's always room for improvement.

If you have a story that highlight the ubiquity and wonder of Computer Science in our daily lives share it today with the tag #TuringTuesday.
By John D. Sutter, CNN (CNN) --- Netflix recently lifted the hood on its recommendation algorithm, which helps people who use that video-streaming service to find movies and shows that they may not kn...
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A great list of core concepts that every computer scientist should know. Is it too broad? Too narrow? #TuringTuesday
 
Given the expansive growth in the field, it's become challenging to discern what belongs in a modern computer science degree. My own faculty is engaging in this debate, so I've coalesced my th...
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Share your ideas and links to news about computer science concepts every Tuesday using the tag #TuringTuesday
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Each tuesday post about Computer Science with tag #TuringTuesday! Post anything about any aspect of computer science in the modern world or a link to a story demonstrating the importance of computer science in every aspect of our lives. This idea takes inspiration from the very successful #sciencesunday meme.

The goal is to :
  • increase awareness of what Computer Science is all about
  • demonstrate the importance of computational thinking in solving all kinds of problems
  • demystify mathematical and computational concepts that people find scary but which really are relevant to their lives
Watn to join in? Share your thoughts and links every tuesday with the tag #turingtuesday and we'll compile some of the best links for resharing.

Why Turing Tuesday?
Rather than use the word computer in some way we thought it would be best to choose a keyword that really says computer science or information science. There are many subfields within CS which can't agree on what the core concepts are or even what the best name for the field is (Computer Science? Informatics?). But one thing we can all agree on is that Turing was the pivot point (even if he wasn't the first programmer or computational theorist). This also happens to be the 100 anniversary year of Alan Turing's birth, so it's a good way to link to that.

Do all topics need to connect to Alan Turing?
Absolutely not. Link or write about any topic which you think is a core computer science or informatics topic, then we'll debate what that means :) That means #turingtuesday posts shouldn't just be about neat new software or mobile phone if there is no interesting new concept or teaching opportunity. But other than that it's totally open.

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