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Futuremakers

23 EpisodesProduced by Oxford UniversityWebsite

Welcome to Futuremakers, from the University of Oxford.It's your fly-on-the-wall into our colleges, where our academics debate key issues for the future of society.Season Two: True PlanetSeason One: Artificial IntelligenceSpecial Episode: Quantum Computing

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6: From Ada Lovelace to Alan Turing – the birth of AI?

Many developments in science are achieved through people being able to ‘stand on the shoulders of giants’ and in the history of AI two giants in particular stand out. Ada Lovelace, who inspired visions of computer creativity, and Alan Turing, who conceived machines which could do anything a human could do. So where do their stories, along with those of calculating engines, punched card machines and cybernetics fit into to where artificial intelligence is today? 

Join our host, philosopher Peter Millican, as he explores this topic with Ursula Martin, Professor at the University of Edinburgh and a member of Oxford's Mathematical Institute,  Andrew Hodges, Emeritus Fellow at Wadham, who tutors for a wide range of courses in pure and applied mathematics, and Jacob Ward, a historian of science, technology, and modern Britain and a Postdoctoral Researcher in the History of Computing. 

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