Turing Centennial Celebration – Day 1

Let me start this post with a couple of Turing Machine jokes I made up.

How many Turing machines does it take to change a lightbulb ? Just one. Turing machines can simulate each other.

A Turing machine walks into a bar. The bartender asks “what would you like to order”. Turing machine says “I am still deciding”.

As you already know, 2012 is the Year of Turing. Here at Princeton University we are celebrating this occasion from May 10 to 12. For a quick overview of the role of Princeton in the origins of computing watch the following video :

This post is a live blog of the events.

  • Les Valiant’s talk titled “Computer Science as a Natural Science”. I like the following slide saying “Darwin was a computer Scientist. Turing was a natural scientist

  • Andy Yao’s talk titled “Quantum Computing: A Great Science in the Making”. He says “Quantum Computers are coming sooner than you think. Coming soon to a store near you“.

  • Robert Kahn is starting his talk titled “A Systems Approach to Managing Distributed Information”. Among the Turing Award winners invited to this celebration, he is the only one from industry.

  • Richard Karp is starting his talk titled “Theory of Computation as an Enabling Tool for the Sciences”.

  • Richard Karp answering questions.

  • Eric Schmidt’s talk.


That’s all for today. Tune in tomorrow for Day 2 proceedings.


3 thoughts on “Turing Centennial Celebration – Day 1

  1. Hello Sir, I am a B.Tech Student (Comp Sc n Engg)! Your Blog is simply awesome. Its educative and I really liked your posts! Sir, I wanted you to suggest any topic for my project and also I wants to research on some topic during vacations! Can you pls suggest few good topics and also help me :)
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