Relay-operated logic machine designed by Dr. Wolfe Mays and Dr. Dietrich Prinz at the University of Manchester and made by Ferranti Limited, British, 1951
Pattern-recognition was part of wider research into machine intelligence. This machine was made by physicist Dietrich Prinz, one of Alan Turing’s protégés, and Wolfe Mays, a
philosophy lecturer. It is an electrical device for testing certain logical statements, and
helped researchers build human-like qualities into machines using mathematics.
Research into pattern recognition now has widespread commercial and military
applications, from driverless cars, fingerprint-scanners and robots on battlefields to
surveillance and cyber-security.
- Computing & Data Processing
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- aluminium alloy, chromium plated, copper (alloy), plastic (unidentified) and steel (metal)
Overall: 465 mm x 700 mm x 430 mm, 42 kg
- logic machine
- furnishing and equipment
- tools & equipment
- University of Manchester