| Jun 26, 2014
| 12:30 PM
June 30 marks the year's midpoint -- i.e., the halfway mark of Oscar eligibility. And so far, 2014 is in better shape than last year. The fests have offered some hot contenders that will open later in the year, as usual. But the difference this year is...
| Jun 9, 2014
| 2:11 PM
For the first time, a computer program has officially passed the Turing Test, which measures a machine's ability to think for itself -- at least under the standards set by a competition in Britain.
The achievement, being hailed as a milestone for the...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 3:18 PM
It's tempting to view Alan Turing as Britain's analogue to America's J. Robert Oppenheimer. Two certified scientific war heroes of the '40s, pilloried by their governments in the '50s for supposed offenses totally unrelated to their wartime service, in...
| Nov 23, 2013
| 1:13 PM
Fifty miles north of London lies Bletchley Park, a railway town during World War II that had few, if any, sights to recommend it. It was here, to a rundown estate on the other side of the tracks, that 19-year-old Mavis Batey was dispatched in the spring...
| Oct 27, 2011
In the mid-1950s mathematician John McCarthy issued a call for research on "Automata Studies," but the phrase was so bland that few people understood what he meant. So he came up with a more provocative description of the idea he was promoting.
| Dec 24, 2013
| 1:05 PM
Dr. Alan Turing, the World War II-era British codebreaker who is often said to be the father of the modern computer, received a posthumous royal pardon Tuesday, close to 60 years after he committed suicide.
The pardon’s announcement comes during...
| May 13, 2014
| 12:30 PM
For nearly seven decades, top talent has descended on the Croisette for splashy parties and black-tie movie premieres. But in the past couple years, more and more actors and directors have been arriving in Cannes, Berlin and AFM for equally star-studded...
| Apr 27, 2014
While blind people can browse the Internet through a variety of means, there is often one thing that stops them cold — a security feature known as a CAPTCHA that's designed to distinguish human users from robots.
CAPTCHAs, in which a user must...
| May 2, 2014
| 2:30 PM
The Weinstein Co. has dated "Big Eyes," starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz, for a Christmas release in the U.S. -- positioning it for an awards season push.
In the film, Adams portrays Margaret Keane and Waltz plays her husband Walter Keane, who...
| Feb 25, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Jim Gimzewski grabs a silicon wafer with a pair of tweezers and raises it to the light, thinking about Jackson Pollock, snowflakes and Tibetan mandalas.
No bigger than a quarter, the wafer looks like a small circuit board with a dozen or so electrodes...
| May 14, 2014
| 4:30 PM
Squareone Entertainment has acquired German rights and partnered with Telepool on the historical drama "The Imitation Game," starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley.
Morten Tyldum directed the film from Graham Moore's script, based on Andrew...