He is considered to be one of the fathers of computer science and a pioneer of modern computer science. Its influence alone, it is said, shortened the world war by several years. No wonder his birth is remembered. The Bank of England has now circulated the note recognizing Alan Turing. And it has long been earned for everyone.
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His face now appears on British 50 pound notes. There is Alan Turing, the British scientist and visionary of artificial intelligence. It is the face of the person who was responsible for deciphering the Nazis’ secret language. And it hits the streets of the UK on its 109th birthday. Something he probably never suspected in life, he was bullied by the judiciary. Or rather, injustice.
Turing’s work helped accelerate the Allied efforts. He could read the German naval messages encrypted with the Enigma machine. It is said that his work was key to shortening World War II and saving lives.
Turing was also a visionary who established the first theoretical model of artificial intelligence. And he developed the so-called Turing test. With this concept, the existence of intelligence in a machine can be proven.
“A computer can be said to be intelligent if it manages to trick a person into thinking they are human,” he wrote. His ideas, which were ahead of their time, shaped history.
Despite his brilliant achievements, his career ended abruptly in 1952 after he was charged with homosexuality. He died two years after his conviction. The coroners determined a suicide. However, his family claims it was an accident.
On December 24, 2013, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom issued an edict. In it the mathematician was officially exonerated. All charges against him were thereby overturned. The banknote that pays tribute to Alan Turing is also a token of admiration for his genius.