Manuel Blum

Venezuelan computer scientist

Manuel Blum (born 26 April 1938) is a Venezuelan computer scientist who received the Turing Award in 1995 "In recognition of his contributions to the foundations of computational complexity theory and its application to cryptography and program checking".

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  • You are all computer scientists.
    You know what FINITE AUTOMATA can do.
    You know what TURING MACHINES can do.
    For example, Finite Automata can add but not multiply.
    Turing Machines can compute any computable function.
    Turing machines are incredibly more powerful than Finite Automata.
    Yet the only difference between a FA and a TM is that
    the TM, unlike the FA, has paper and pencil.
    Think about it.
    It tells you something about the power of writing.
    Without writing, you are reduced to a finite automaton.
    With writing you have the extraordinary power of a Turing machine.

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