A LEGO Turing Machine Calculates 2+2

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Alan Turing, considered the founding father of computer science, conceived of the Turing machine to illustrate mechanical computation in 1936. Although deceptively simple, the device can model more complex computer algorithms. Jeroen van den Bos and Davy Landman at Amsterdam's Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica set out to honor Turing's legacy by recreating his calculating machine with LEGOs. This short video from Andre Theelen demonstrates how the colorful plastic pieces can tackle a problem like adding two plus two. For more information on how they created the device, visit legoturingmachine.org.

For more videos by Andre Theelen, visit http://www.ecalpemos.nl/.

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Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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