Feb. 8th, 2007

lurkitty: (geektoaster)
You owe a great debt to Alan Turing.

Take any computer history class and you will learn about the Turing machine (perhaps having to simulate one) and the Turing Test for artificial intelligence. Take any mathematics course on codes and ciphers and you will encounter Enigma and the Turing-Welchman Bombe used to crack German codes. His name shows up at all of the foundations of early computing, from his home in Britain working at Bletchley Park, designing software for the Manchester Mark 1, to Bell Labs.

In 1952, Alan Turing was convicted of "gross indecency" after admitting a sexual affair with another man. Rather than go to prison for two years, he was made to undergo estrogen therapy to reduce his libido. The therapy also caused depression. He was declared a security risk and stripped of his security clearance.

Turing committed suicide in 1954.

After three weeks of counseling, we learn that humiliated former pastor Ted Haggard is now "completely heterosexual". Acting on the recommendation of the oversight board of his former church, he is taking up secular work. He and his wife are taking online courses toward master's degrees in Psychology.

Do we suppose he'll use his new degree to "share the love"?

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