Last week, Ryan came to me with an idea for a T-Shirt he wanted to give Derek. He got the idea from a paper circa 1948 by Alan Turing that Derek had shared with us. The paper is called “Intelligent Machinery — A Report by A.M. Turing.”
The paper covers the subject of machines that can learn — unorganized machines that are not designed with a specific purpose in mind, but instead would learn by interacting with the environment. There is a startling passage in the paper in which Turing describes the feasibility of creating a thinking machine that would be placed in a mechanical body, and why one would do this:
In order that the machine should have a chance of finding things out for itself it should be allowed to roam the countryside, and the danger to the ordinary citizen would be serious.
Ryan wanted a simple old-timey-looking robot drawing, so I banged out the image you see in the upper right hand corner of this post. Now that Derek knows about the gift, I am posting it here for your entertainment.
I used an online merchant called “Zazzle” to create the T-shirts. Ryan wanted them white-on-black, so I made the art transparent, to show the black fabric through.
You can see the white-on-black T-Shirt design here on its Zazzle page. Turing’s quotation is on the back.
Ryan has ordered some, and when they come in I’ll take pictures so that folks can see how they came out.
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