Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Harvard professor gets computing’s ‘Nobel’ - The Boston Globe

Turing would probably have been pleased.  There’s a fascinating section in James Gleick’s new book (The Information), describing a period in 1943 when Alan Turing and Claude Shannon met for daily tea time discussions in a Bell Labs cafeteria, but couldn’t talk about their respective research, as it was all secret…

Harvard University professor Leslie G. Valiant, a pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence, has been awarded the 2010 A.M. Turing Award, the most prestigious prize in the field of computer science. Valiant’s research into processes to make computers reason as humans do laid the groundwork for applications ranging from e-mail spam filters to IBM’s Watson computer system, which last month bested human competitors on the game show “Jeopardy!’’

Harvard professor gets computing’s ‘Nobel’ - The Boston Globe

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