Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Interesting slideshow on Turing

I just came across an interesting slideshow on slideshare posted by Piero Scaruffi via a @stephen_oman retweet on twitter (thanks). The slideshow is interesting because it first positions Turing within the cultural context of the first half of the 20th century and then goes on to make a strong argument that we don't really need intelligent computers, just "a (digital) library big enough and computers powerful enough to search it" e.g., Google. Piero argues that by delegating tasks to computers users (i.e., people) actually become dumber but still able to function intelligently thanks to their reliance on machines.