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[CCICADA-announce] DIMACS/CCICADA Interdisciplinary Seminar Series - Monday, November 19, 2012

Linda Casals lindac at
Tue Nov 13 13:52:49 EST 2012


DIMACS/CCICADA Interdisciplinary Seminar Series Presents
Title: Turing on Super-Turing

Speaker: Hava Siegelmann, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Date: Monday, November 19, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm

Location: DIMACS Center, CoRE Bldg, Room 431, Rutgers University                 
             Busch Campus, Piscataway, NJ


Alan Turing's research, following his introduction of the Logical
Universal Model and predating universal computers, sought a different
form of computation that would more closely simulate the brain and
achieve intelligence: "My contention is that machines can be
constructed which will simulate the behaviour of the human mind very

Over the years, Turing suggested various attributes necessary to
achieving this goal: Learning from experience, neural elements that
develop connections based on environmental interaction, guidance by
reward or external teacher, random elements, reading the bits of pi,
etc. He pointed to the brain both as a refutation of the relevance of
Godel-like theorems as a limit to machine intelligence and in support
of a different, superior form of computation.

Turing's was a singular mind; his writings from 1936-1938 are the
basis of the computer revolution, Computer Science and Artificial
Intelligence; a fresh look at his work from 1947-1953, in light of his
quest for intelligent machines, may provide relevant insights into
computer intelligence and shed light on biological processing.

The parallels between Turing's predictions and Super-Turing
computational theory are striking. We explain Super-Turing
computation, its development in 1993 at Rutgers, its relation to
natural computation, and discuss current efforts to harness this model
toward a deeper comprehension of intelligence and computation in
biological systems.

DIMACS/CCICADA Interdisciplinary Series, Fall Calendar 2012-

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