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Can a Robot Create Something Beautiful?

A creative alternative to Alan Turing’s famous test gauging a computer’s capacity for human-like intelligence

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This week, one British genius will impersonate another in The Imitation Game, a newly released drama about mathematician Alan Turing. Turing was instrumental in cracking the Nazi's Enigma code during World War II, helping the Allies win the war; he was later prosecuted for homosexuality (a criminal offense in the United Kingdom in the 1950s) and sadly, died just before his 42nd birthday from cyanide poisoning. His emotional ups and downs will be brought to life by everyone’s favorite internet sex god, Benedict Cumberbatch, who has perfected the quizzical eyebrow as the star of BBC’s Sherlock.

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Intermission: A Turing Tribute, in LEGOs

A LEGO Turing Machine honors the father of computer science on the centenary of his birth.

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California Puts LGBT People in the History Books

California just passed a law mandating that schools teach LGBT history. Will this help the next generation dissolve homophobia?

California's assembly just passed the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful Education Act, which mandates teaching the contributions of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people. Sen. Mark Leno of San Francisco said the legislation is meant in part to protect kids against bulllying. It passed by a comfortable margin in the California Senate back in April (23-14), and has just passed the assembly 49-25, without a single vote from Republicans. Governor Jerry Brown, a Democrat who has not commented on the bill publicly, has 12 days to sign it into law or veto it. If he does nothing, the measure would become law automatically.

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