Vint Cerf on Alan Turing's legacy


6 Responses to “Vint Cerf on Alan Turing's legacy”

  1. Deb Johnson says:

    Shared this post.  I wish I could tattoo Turing’s name on my forehead. I have Asperger’s syndrome and it’s so painfully obvious that Alan Turing had a lot of Asperger syndrome traits including the ability to speak without fear of censure, the incredibly bright mind that leaps to unimaginable conclusions, a free thinker, a free spirit.  Truly a wonderful person that the world so dearly lost. What would he have become you can only wonder and wish and mourn.  An amazing man, an amazing legacy and a world that will always be better for his genius. A true hero.

  2. Steve Aylett says:

    ‘Have you heard of the Turing test, Mr Atom – to determine if someone is a real human being?’‘No, I haven’t.’‘If they try and convict you for no crime, chemically castrate you and drive you to suicide despite your being instrumental in winning their war, they’re human.’-  Novahead

  3. jhex says:

    i’m sure ADA would have liked the company of Turing, <–this was posted by a 'replicant' heh not but wouldnt that have been funny

  4. Guido says:

    Ours is a sorry and sick species. The guy develops theory of computing, plays a big role in winning the war, suffers because he is gay, eventually is broken to the point of suicide. 60 years later our society and culture rely on his work and legacy, and faggot/gay is probably the most used insult in the Internet. We still have a lot of the hate that sent him to the great, while using what he gave us.


  5. Mitchell Glaser says:

    How ironic and horrific is it that Turing and Oscar Wilde were prosecuted under the same seldom-used statute? Two of the smartest and most successful products of The Empire whose accomplishments were ignored in favor of punishing them for their quite common sexual habits. Kind of like jailing Einstein for littering.

  6. sgtdoom says:

    The great Turing’s horrible ending should be understood in the context of those who always seem to have the upper hand, the power of over us all!

    No one should ever have the right to do what was done to Mr. Turing, no one!

    In regard to Vint Cerf, it is pertinent to note what occurred to the leader of the administration who was responsible for Vint Cerf’s funding, the creation of the Internet, as well as the single greatest R&D project in American history, NASA and the moon project:  the Kennedy Administration.  (With the appointment of JCR Licklider, the Kennedy administration picked the perfect individual to direct ARPA funding at the Pentagon, and he directed those funds at the right group of people:  Vint Cerf, Paul Baran, Jon Postel, et al.  And the many, many technological innovations which came out of NASA, merged together to aid and abet the eventual creation of the Web by Berners-Lee and company.)

    The whitewash of his horrible murder, by those in power was really not all that dissimilar than Mr. Turing’s murder, albeit much quicker.

    People who think humanistically and radically will always be in their sights.

    Beware the super-rich who move so stealthilty among us.

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