Check out the most complicated Google Doodle of all time here, where the Google Doodle of the day celebrates the birthday of computer science pioneer Alan Turing. Turing is reasonably considered a founder of computer science even though he never lived to see anything like the current crop of machines we now find in our homes, businesses, and mobile devices.
The Google Doodle is representing a ‘codebreaker’ sequence. Turing’s brilliancies in cracking encoded Nazi war memos led to major strategic breakthrough when he cracked the “enigma” code routine, giving the allies access to a treasure trove of strategic information about the Nazi war plans.
The “Turing Test” remains an intriguing part of the quest for general artificial intelligence. Turing suggested that a major step in development of mechanical intelligence would be a human’s inability to distinguish the machine responses from those of another human. Most current thinking suggests that a machine could pass the “Turing Test” and NOT be considered artificial intelligence, but Turing’s speculations remain some of the most important computing insights of all time.
Turing’s life was tragic in many ways. He was gay in a time when the government prosecuted people for “indecency”, and his life was cut short by cyanide poisoning – most likely a suicide or accident – at the age of only 42.