Russian software called Chatterbot has successfully passed itself off as a 13-year-old boy. This is the first time that a computer has convinced a required number of scientists that it is in fact human.
Alan Turing was a brilliant British mathematician, acknowledged as a central figure in the development of computers, but for all his service to Britain his reputation was tarnished after a conviction on homosexuality charges. Finally he receives a pardon.
AlanTuring was one of the most brilliant mathematicians of the modern era, helping win WWII through his codes. However, he would later be prosecuted and tortured for his homosexuality by Britain. He committed suicide at age 41.
Alan Turing, the mathematician, cryptanalyst, logician and computer scientist who was hounded by the British establishment for being gay, was born exactly 100 years ago today. To mark the occasion, a number of events are taking place.
Professor Jim Al-Khalili takes the viewer on a voyage of discovery in his documentary "The Secret Life of Chaos" where he explains what chaos means for science, and how it can not only explain the shapes of nature, but also the origin of life itself.