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June 19, 2012 AT 2:46 pm

In Honor of Alan Turing: a LEGO Turing Machine

Two researchers at CWI built this great Turing Machine out of LEGO.

To honor Alan Turing, we built a simple LEGO Turing Machine, to show everyone how simple a computer actually is. Primary goals were to make every operation as visible as possible and to make it using just a single LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT set. The LEGO Turing Machine is part of the exhibition  Turing’s Erfenis  at CWI.

From Wikipedia: A Turing machine is a device that manipulates symbols on a strip of tape according to a table of rules. Despite its simplicity, a Turing machine can be adapted to simulate the logic of any computer algorithm, and is particularly useful in explaining the functions of a CPU inside a computer.

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