2010s

The Mark I Computer at Harvard (2014), at Science Center, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Originally called the Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator, Mark I was designed in 1937 by a Harvard graduate student, Howard H. Aiken to solve advanced mathematical physics problems encountered in his research. Aiken’s ambitious proposal envisioned the use of modified, commercially-available technologies coordinated by a central control system.

Go Ask A.L.I.C.E.: Turing Tests, Parlor Games, & Chatterbots (2012), at Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Can machines think?  This exhibit explored the strange afterlife of the Turing Test as it has circulated in popular, scientific, and commercial cultures. It reexamined Turing’s own interactions with humans and machines, later dreams of thinking machines, as well as an effort to translate Turing’s parlor game into a real test of artificial intelligence.

Staff curator assisting faculty guest curator Sophia Roosth and two grad students.

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