Alan Turing's mental leaps about machines and computers were some of the most innovative ideas of the 20th century. But the world wasn't kind to him. Turing was a math genius, a hero of World War II, and is widely considered to be the father of artificial intelligence. But in 1952, he was arrested and convicted under a British law that prohibited "acts of gross indecency between men, in public or private." Leading Robert to wonder how Turing's personal life shaped his understanding of mechanical minds and human emotions.
Janna Levin, A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines
James Gleick, The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood