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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Wednesday April 8, 2009

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 12:12 AM

Good's Singularity

Irving John "I.J." Good died Sunday, April 5, 2009.

The date of his death was also Palm Sunday and the day of the Academy of Country Music Awards.

Information from Wikipedia:

Good, 92, was a cryptanalyst at Bletchley Park during World War II.

"He was born as Isidore Jacob Gudak to a Jewish family in London. In his publications he was called I. J. Good. He studied mathematics at Jesus College, Cambridge, graduating in 1938. He did research work under G.H. Hardy and Besicovitch before moving to Bletchley Park in 1941 on completing his doctorate.

At Bletchley Park, he was initially in Hut 8 under the supervision of Alan Turing…"

[Related material: the death of Turing (a major fan of the Evil Queen in Snow White) and yesterday's entry]

Wikipedia states that "I. J. Good's vanity car license plate, hinting at his spylike wartime work, was '007 IJG'…. He played chess to county standard, and helped to popularise Go, an Asian boardgame, through a 1965 article in New Scientist (he had learned the rules from Turing). In 1965, he described a concept similar to today's meaning of technological singularity, in that it included in it the advent of superhuman intelligence:

Let an ultraintelligent machine be defined as a machine that can far surpass all the intellectual activities of any man however clever. Since the design of machines is one of these intellectual activities, an ultraintelligent machine could design even better machines; there would then unquestionably be an 'intelligence explosion,' and the intelligence of man would be left far behind. Thus the first ultraintelligent machine is the last invention that man need ever make….
— Good, I. J. (1965). 'Speculations Concerning the First Ultraintelligent Machine', Advances in Computers, Vol. 6."
"Some say the symbol
of Apple Computers,
the apple with a bite out of it,
is a nod to Alan Turing."

 

— from "Alan Turing and
the Apple
" at Flickr, uploaded
on Epiphany 2006 by guano

Alan Turing and the Apple

 

http://www.log24.com/log/pix09/090408-TuringApples.jpg

Above: Composite by "guano" at Flickr

Will: Do you like apples?     
Clark: Yeah.                       
Will: Well, I got her number.
 How do you like them apples?

— "Good Will Hunting

Happy Spy Wednesday.

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