The Turing Point

Never have we owed so much to just one

With humble gratitude so badly sung

Did we treat you as man or as machine?


In shadows of greatness we could not tread

We only saw a short distance ahead

But you saw all that needed to be done


After victory, you prefaced deep blue

Then in nature you found your patterns too

The machine by your name may never stop

Yet debtors found you so easy to drop

Your life and work came at the greatest cost

A pardon came too late to save what’s lost.


Alan Turing, aged 16 (Photo credit: public domain)

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