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Alan Turing

  1. Watch the First Two Trailers for Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game

    Kleenex at the ready.

    Benedict Cumberbatch's previous "Look, ma! I'm playing a tech history icon!" movie, WikiLeaks docudrama The Fifth Estate, crashed and burned both critically and commercially, so here's hoping his Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game does better. There's certainly no shortage of talent on display in the trailers (US above, UK behind the cut).

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  2. Computer Officially Passes Turing Test for the First Time Ever by Pretending to Be a 13-Year-Old Boy

    Proving that the best way to convince someone of your humanity is to annoy the crap out of them.

    For the first time since the inception of the Turing Test in 1950, a computer has been able to pass by convincing humans that it is a 13-year-old boy named Eugene Goostman. Smart strategy—everybody knows that prepubescent teenagers are as irrational as buggy computer programs.

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  3. Here’s Your First Look At Benedict Cumberbatch As Alan Turing

    Meanwhile...

    We brought you news earlier this week of computer genius Alan Turing finally being pardoned for his 1952 conviction for homosexuality. Now here's the first image of Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game, playing Turing. Coincidence? We think not. Never underestimate Hollywood, folks. The film will also star Keira Knightley, Mark Strong, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, and Charles Dance. Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  4. Computer Pioneer Alan Turing, Convicted for Homosexuality, Finally Receives Royal Pardon

    For great justice

    We have some bittersweet news for you this Christmas Eve day: Alan Turing—computer genius, codebreaker, World War II hero—has finally had his 1952 conviction for homosexuality overturned by the British government. "Sweet" because it's been a long time coming. "Bitter" because it in no way erases his initial conviction and its heartbreaking results.

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  5. Alan Turing Officially Given That Royal Pardon, But What about Everyone Else Convicted of Gross Indecency?

    Remember, human decency only applies to you if you are famous.

    Remember that online movement to pardon Alan Turing that began to pick up steam recently? Well, it's finally paid off — the famous cryptographer received a formal pardon from Queen Elizabeth II yesterday for being convicted of charges related to homosexuality in 1952. Just him, though. Apparently all the other convicted homosexuals are out of luck.

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  6. Yes, Alan Turing Deserves a Pardon, But Not Because He Was a National Hero

    Pardoning Alan Turing is a nice thought, but it runs the risk of sending the wrong message -- that thousands of other men who suffered his same fate in Britain deserved it.

    There's a new movement gaining steam in England to officially pardon British cryptographer and godfather of modern computer science Alan Turing, and it appears likely that this one will finally end in a formal pardon. Now, ordinarily, we'd be all for that, but for one fact. If Turing is issued an official pardon, it will be for the wrong reasons, and runs the risk of ignoring why he actually deserves an apology from his government -- and why many other Britons who were similarly affected by a bad law deserve the same.

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  7. Benedict Cumberbatch to Depress Audience Members In Alan Turing Biopic?

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    Fellow history nerds, rejoice. A biopic of World War II codebreaker extraordinaire/tragic life story subject Alan Turing has been in the works for a year or two. A script for the movie, called The Imitation Game, was put on the Black List (a list of scripts that industry folks are talking about but that haven't been picked up yet) back in 2011, and last December the film got a director in the form of Morten Tyldum. And now Deadline is reporting that it's close to having a star, too: Benedict Cumberbatch.

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  8. Scientists Petition to Grant War Hero, Math Genius Alan Turing, Convicted of Homosexuality, An Official Pardon

    For great justice

    Stephen Hawking and other notable scientists have asked the British government to grant an official posthumous pardon to Alan Turing, the mathematician and code-breaker whose contributions to the Allied victory in World War II were followed up by a conviction for homosexuality. Turing was given the choice between imprisonment and a hormonal treatment better known as "chemical castration," and after a year of enduring the latter he committed suicide by eating an apple laced with cyanide.

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  9. Things We Saw Today: Alan Turing Memorial Decorated for Pride

    Things We Saw Today

    This weekend doesn't just mark Pride. It's also the birthday of Alan Turing, a brilliant mathematician who cracked the Enigma code, handing the Allies one of their greatest achievements of World War II, and upon whose logical leaps the basic foundations of modern computer science were laid. Turing also died at the age of 41, from what is commonly thought to be suicide, after being convicted of "indecency" (i.e., being gay) and sentenced to chemical castration. While his memorial certainly brings melancholy thoughts to mind, the way it was decorated this weekend takes us right back to hopeful ones. Happy Pride, everyone! (Boing Boing)

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  10. Google Celebrates Turing’s 100th Birthday; Everyone Should

    You might have known that Google regularly creates special doodles for certain historic occasions. Today, of all days, is the birthday of Alan Turing -- the man often considered the father of computer science. He'd be marking his 100th were he still alive. To celebrate properly, the doodle even includes a rudimentary form of programming language.

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