Alan Turing, Artificial Intelligence, and Stamp Collecting
21st November, 14:00-15:00
Alan Turing probably never collected stamps, but he was one of the pioneers of Artificial Intelligence. Dermot Turing tells the story of how Alan Turing recognised that machines could learn, and considers whether the debate about the direction of Artificial Intelligence has moved on in the 70 years since then. What is the Robot Fallacy and why are we still trapped by it? How should we be planning for a world where AI is central to our lives? And what has any of this got to do with Stamp-Collecting?
Sir John Dermot Turing
Dermot Turing graduated from King’s College Cambridge and New College Oxford. He spent his career in the legal profession, most recently as a partner of Clifford Chance. Since 2014 he has moved into a more varied range of activities, including an active role as a trustee of Bletchley Park and a volunteer and trustee of the Turing Trust, a charity which sends second-hand computers for a new life in schools in Africa. Dermot Turing is the nephew of Alan Turing and author of a biography on Turing (‘Prof’: Alan Turing Decoded, published in 2015 by The History Press) as well as The Story of Computing, published by Arcturus in 2018. His most recent book is X, Y and Z – the real story of how Enigma was broken (September 2018, The History Press) which explains how the vital groundwork done by Polish code-breakers and French intelligence enabled Alan Turing and the Bletchley Park organisation to achieve its wartime successes. Visit www.dermotturing.com for more details.