LEGO Turing Machine – A working computer made from Mindstorms

Jun 22, 2012

Two things I love – computers and LEGOs.  If only I had the time on my hands that Dutch researchers Jeroen van den Bosand and Davy landman did.  Their creation of a Turing Machine – a working computer, built from a single LEGO Mindstorms NXT set  is just plain cool.

Alan Turing was an English mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst and computer scientist whose Turing Machine was a theoretical mechanical computation machine.

When I think of Turing, I just as often recall the Turing Test which he introduced in his 1950 paper “Computing Machinery and Intelligence,” which opens with the words: “I propose to consider the question, ‘Can machines think?'”  Yep, the guy was also an early theoretician on artificial intelligence.

The robots ARE COMING, people.

LEGO Turing Machine from ecalpemos on Vimeo.

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