View On-demand Videos of ACM's Celebration of 50 Years of the ACM A.M. Turing Award

ACM celebrated 50 years of the A.M. Turing Award with a two-day conference June 23 - 24 at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco. This milestone event was designed to highlight the significant impact of the contributions of the Turing Laureates on computing and society, to look ahead to the future of technology and innovation, and to help inspire the next generation of computer scientists to invent and dream. Talks and panel discussions from the conference were livestreamed on ACM's website and on Facebook. You can view these videos on-demand below.


Introduction to 50 Years of the ACM Turing Award Celebration

ACM President Vicki Hanson, Conference Chair Craig Partridge, and Dame Wendy Hall give introductory remarks at ACM’s Celebration of 50 Years of the A.M. Turing Award. Computing visionaries from the last half century, including 22 ACM Turing Award recipients, participated in this two-day conference at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco June 23 – 24, 2017. The event celebrated the first 50 years of the ACM Turing Award and the visionaries who have received it, and reflected on the evolution of computing and explore where the field is headed.

"Impact of Turing Recipients' Work"

2008 Turing Award recipient Barbara Liskov discusses the enduring Impact of ACM Turing Recipients' Work. Liskov focuses specifically on the foundational contributions of the first decade of Turing laureates, and demonstrates how their collective work and accomplishments brings the field of computer science itself into view.

"Advances in Deep Neural Networks"

Deep neural networks can be trained with relatively modest amounts of information and then successfully be applied to large quantities of unstructured data. Deep learning techniques have been applied with great success to areas such as speech recognition, image recognition, natural language processing, drug discovery and toxicology, customer relationship management, recommendation systems, and biomedical informatics. The capabilities of deep neural networks, in some domains, have proven to rival those of human beings. Panelists will explore how deep neural networks are changing our world and our jobs. They will also discuss how things may further change going forward.


Judea Pearl (2011 Turing Laureate), University of California, Los Angeles (Moderator); Michael I. Jordan, University of California, Berkeley; Fei-Fei Li, Stanford University; Stuart Russell, University of California, Berkeley; Ilya Sutskever, OpenAI; and Raquel Urtasun, University of Toronto

"Restoring Personal Privacy without Compromising National Security"

We live in an era of mass surveillance. Private companies monitor our comings and goings, and ad-supported cloud services record and mine our online activities. At the same time, governments have been conducting extensive surveillance in the name of national security. To a large extent, citizens and lawmakers have accepted loss of privacy in exchange for increased security. Can computing technology promote both personal privacy and national security? Panelists will explore how state-of-the-art cryptography, security, networked systems, and data-management technology might enable government agencies to acquire actionable, useful information about legitimate targets of investigation without intruding upon the electronic activity of innocent parties. They will also address the need to use laws and policies in conjunction with technology to hold government agencies accountable for proper use of private information.


Joan Feigenbaum, Yale University (Moderator); Whitfield Diffie (2015 Turing Laureate), Stanford University; Bryan Ford, EPFL (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology); Nadia Heninger, University of Pennsylvania; and Paul Syverson, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

"Preserving our Past for the Future"

We live in a world of electronic communication where an increasing amount of information is created and retained only in electronic form. As systems and data formats constantly evolve, there is increasing interest today in how to better preserve our electronic artifacts. This is an urgent problem for a number of fields that use computing as a resource. Panelists will explore questions such as: How can we be sure we can read data and documents created decades ago? In a world where software changes monthly, how can we repeat experiments properly? Who pays to maintain our ability to access artifacts? What does the PDF/A experience tell us?


Craig Partridge, Raytheon BBN Technologies (Moderator); Vinton G. Cerf (2004 Turing Laureate), Google; Brewster Kahle, Internet Archive; Natasa Milic-Frayling, University of Nottingham; Mahadev Satyanarayanan, Carnegie Mellon University; and W. Brent Seales, University of Kentucky

"Moore's Law Is Really Dead: What's Next?"

The 50-year reign of Moore’s Law, which delivered a billion-fold increase in transistors per chip, is finally over. Given that transistors are no longer getting much better, that the power budgets of microprocessors are not increasing, and that we’ve already replaced the single power-hungry processor with several energy-efficient ones, the only path to improve energy-performance-cost is specialized hardware. Microprocessors of the future will include special-purpose processors that do one class of computation much better than general-purpose processors. Accelerators for deep neural networks are but one of many potential targets. Panelists will discuss what old doors this seismic change will close and what new doors it will open.


John Hennessy, Stanford University (Moderator); Doug Burger, Microsoft Research; Norman P. Jouppi, Google; Margaret Martonosi, Princeton University; and Butler Lampson (1992 Turing Laureate), Microsoft

"Challenges in Ethics and Computing"

Recently the computing and ethics communities have come to realize that computing ethics (a topic of interest to ACM since the 1950s) is more complicated than we thought, and that there are a wide range of ethical challenges prompted by recent innovations. Algorithms may have unintended biases, with considerable social impact. Autonomous vehicles have to make ethical decisions (whether to protect the pedestrian or the passenger) formerly left to human drivers. Seemingly harmless research experiments on computing systems can harm humans. Panelists will explore how we can address these issues, especially in a world where we push to deliver systems and products at an ever-quicker pace.


Deirdre K. Mulligan, University of California, Berkeley (Moderator); Jennifer T. Chayes, Microsoft Research; Helen Nissenbaum, Cornell Tech and New York University; Raj Reddy (1994 Turing Laureate), Carnegie Mellon University; and Noel Sharkey, University of Sheffield and Foundation for Responsible Robotics

"Computer Science as a Major Body of Accumulated Knowledge"

Donald Knuth, 1974 Turing laureate and author of “The Art of Computer Programming” discusses the nature of computer science as a discipline and its relationship to other scientific fields in his talk "Computer Science as a Major Body of Accumulated Knowledge."

"Quantum Computing: Far Away? Around the Corner? Or Both at the Same Time?"

Quantum computing holds the promise to enormously increase computing performance in areas including cryptography, optimization, search, quantum chemistry, materials science, artificial intelligence, machine learning, personalized medicine and drug discovery. Quantum computing hardware is maturing swiftly. Depending on the expert you talk with, quantum computing is around the corner or a few years away. Concurrently, research on algorithms that take advantage of quantum computing is also moving briskly. In this discussion, panelists will look at where we are in both theory and practice, where we are headed, and what quantum skills the average computer scientist will eventually need.


Umesh Vazirani, University of California, Berkeley (Moderator); Dorit Aharonov, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Jay M. Gambetta, IBM Research; John Martinis, Google and University of California, Santa Barbara; and Andrew Chi-Chih Yao (2000 Turing Laureate), Tsinghua University 

"Augmented Reality: From Gaming to Cognitive Aids and Beyond"

Augmented reality—the overlay of contextually-relevant digital information onto the real world—has captivated our imaginations both in fiction and in practice. In recent years we have seen everything from excitement and concern over the potential of worn displays such as Google Glass to the convergence of hordes of Pokémon-catching smartphone users in public parks and spaces. In addition to gaming and entertainment, promising applications of augmented reality include navigation, sightseeing, military heads-up and head-mounted displays, maintenance and repair and medicine. In this panel, we look forward and explore how the sensing and sensory display technologies of augmented reality can empower individuals and communities.


Blair MacIntyre, Georgia Institute of Technology and Mozilla Corporation (Moderator); Frederick P. Brooks, Jr. (1999 Turing Laureate), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Peter Lee, Microsoft AI and Research; Yvonne Rogers, University College London; and Ivan Sutherland (1988 Turing Laureate), Portland State University