2-6 July 2012
Professor at the School of Mathematics, University of Leeds, UK
Chair of the Turing Centenary Advisory Committee
AI - Hobby or Science? Structure, Embodied Cognition, and the Turing Legacy
The universal Turing machine gave us a powerful computational paradigm, which went on to dominate our thinking about the brain and mentality. "Building a brain", Alan Turing is quoted as describing his work on the ACE while working at the National Physical Laboratory in the 1940s.
A key feature of the viewpoint was the focus on process and logical structure over information. At the theoretical level this is expressed in functionalist perspectives arising in many different guises. But at a more practical level, embodiment, experiment and an evolutionary approach has become basic to the building of intelligent machines. Situated computation has come back centre-stage.
One can find anticipations of such developments in Turing's work, in his 1939 paper, and especially in his later Manchester writings. We will attempt to draw together these different threads, and to restore some credibility to the underlying mathematics.
Wednesday, 4 July 2012, 8:30am
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