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Alan Turing

  1. Benedict Cumberbatch Reading an Alan Turing Letter in Celebration of Written Correspondence is Peak Cumberbatch

    Be my penpal?

    In anticipation of independent U.K. publisher Canongate's annual Letters Live event, (at which Cumberbatch is a frequent presenter, of course) here's Benedict "Pingwing" Cumberbatch reading a letter from Alan Turing to mathematician Norman Routledge.

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  2. The Imitation Game‘s Benedict Cumberbatch Joins Campaign To Pardon Gay Men In Britain

    In the wake of the Oscar nominated film The Imitation Game, Alan Turing's gotten a lot of attention in the public consciousness— but what often gets left out of his amazing story of code-breaking and computer geniusery is that in 1952, he was convicted of "gross indecency" for being gay and was forcibly chemically castrated by his government. A few years later, he was dead by suicide.

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  3. Apparently Benedict Cumberbatch Is Related To Richard III, Probably Everyone Else In the UK As Well

    He is infinite (and so posh)

    So you know how Tumblr prince/omnipresent man Benedict Cumberbatch is playing King Richard III in The Hollow Crown? Well according to one genealogist, Cumberbatch's connections to the King of yore extend beyond the connection an actor has to their character: Cumberbatch is literally related to King Richard III.

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  4. “Ada Lovelace Exam” Proposed As Alternative To Turing Test, Computers Everywhere Are Hella Stoked

    I feel so much better about the Singularity.

    You guys remember rad-as-HECK Ada Lovelace from Sam's profile of her earlier this year, right? The Ada Lovelace? The one with a day of the year named after her plus an entire computer language? The woman who essentially wrote the world's first-ever computer program and predicted the creative capabilities of modern machines? Well, good. Because Ada might be about to get a lot more fans, at least if one tech professor has his druthers.

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Here’s Your First Look At Benedict Cumberbatch As Alan Turing


    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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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