About the Talk

This annual talk is delivered by a leading figure from industry or academia about their work in the field of computing. The talk tours the UK in February of each year, with up to four events in cities such as London, Manchester, Cardiff, Belfast and Glasgow.

2023 Turing Talk

We are taking a break for 2023. Watch this space for news about the 2024 Turing Talk.

About Alan Turing

Alan Turing (1912–1954) was a mathematician, computer scientist, philosopher, theoretical biologist and WW2 code-breaker.

He’s widely recognised as the ‘father of modern computing’ - his creativity and vision has made the computer revolution possible.

In 1936, Turing laid down the theoretical plan for a programmable computer: ‘On Computable Numbers, with an Application to the Entscheidungsproblem’.

During the war, he’s most famously linked with Bletchley Park where he designed the electro-mechanical bombe machine that helped to decipher the German Enigma code.

And when the war ended, Turing was heavily involved in the design and programming of the world’s earliest computing machines. He designed the ACE (Automatic Computing Engine) built by the UK Government, wrote programming manuals, published papers on mathematical biology and founded the discipline of artificial intelligence.

Although it’s now hard to see what the limits of the digital revolution might eventually be, it was Turing himself who pointed out the very existence of such theoretical limitations through his work on the Turing machine.

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