LEGO Turing Machine

#Computers

Tue, Jun 19th, 2012 21:00 by capnasty NEWS

In honour of the great mathematician, this little documentary takes you on a tour of a Turing machine built entirely out of LEGOs, demonstrating how a computer functions in its most basic of representations.

This is a short documentary about the LEGO Turing Machine built by Jeroen van den Bos and Davy Landman at Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), Amsterdam (Netherlands). They built it for CWI's exposition "Turings Erfenis" in honor of Alan Turings one hundredth birthday this year.

Alan Turing was a brilliant mathematician who helped define the theoretical model of the computer as we know it today. He was a visionary, one of the few people of his time who recognized the role the computer would play for humanity.

The Turing Machine (1936) is an adequate model of a computer. It can do anything the computers of today or tomorrow can do.

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