Saturday, May 5, 2012

Ian Watson's radio interview about Alan #Turing

Inside the radio studio
I was just interviewed by Kim Hill for New Zealand's National Radio's Saturday programme. The interview covers a range of material from my new book The Universal Machine. The interview covers the history of computing starting with Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace, but focuses on Turing. The interview ranges across Turing's contributions to theory of computation, his WWII code-breaking work, the development of early post-war computers, the Turing test for machine intelligence. His subsequent conviction for gross indecency and suicide are also discussed.
    You can listen to the interview in the player below and other formats are available to stream or download from Radio New Zealand's website.