Google makes the ‘Nobel Prize of computing’ value $1 million
The Affiliation for Computing Equipment’s A.M. Turing Award is usually referred to as the “Nobel Prize of computing.” Yearly since 1966 it has been awarded to an completed pc scientist or engineer like Douglas Engelbart, the inventor of the pc mouse. However likelihood is you’ve got by no means heard of the award in any respect, regardless of it being named after legendary Allied Forces code-breaker Alan Turing. That is as a result of it is by no means actually been that huge — no big sponsors meant it did not get a number of promotion, and the annual prize was restricted to a comparatively modest $250,000. That is about to vary with the 2014 award because of the largess of Google. The corporate’s been a co-sponsor of the award since 2007 alongside Intel, however now they’re taking full management of the prize cash, upping the package deal fourfold to a moderately hefty $1 million.
We cannot know who the primary fortunate recipient of $1 million might be till subsequent yr, however they will be a part of an inventory of luminaries that features Silvio Micali. He gained the award in 2012 for his work in cryptography, which made it simpler to confirm mathematical proofs within the research of complicated methods. At an ACM occasion this morning he informed an viewers of fellow pc scientists that we have to “encourage our younger scientists” by rolling out “a brilliant pink carpet on what was a harmful path.” Hopefully Google’s $1 million greenback prize will do exactly that.