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Alan Turing (1912-1954) is well known for many things, most notably his work in breaking German codes during World War 2. After the war he was closely involved in the development of Britain’s first programmable electronic computers, and laid important foundations for research into artificial intelligence. Sir Dermot Turing reviews the life of Alan Turing and his contribution to AI. From this perspective, he examines whether AI has moved on since 1949, when the question whether ‘machines can think’ first came to the public consciousness, and whether the fears and threats to society which were first discussed 70 years ago remain valid today.