Turing’s Ideas and Models of Computation

  • Eugene Eberbach
  • Dina Goldin
  • Peter Wegner


The theory of computation that we have inherited from the 1960s focuses on algorithmic computation as embodied in the Turing Machine to the exclusion of other types of computation that Turing had considered. In this chapter we present new models of computation, inspired by Turing’s ideas, that are more appropriate for today’s interactive, networked, and embedded computing systems. These models represent super-Turing computation, going beyond Turing Machines and algorithms. We identify three principles underlying super-Turing computation (interaction with the world, infinity of resources, and evolution of systems) and apply these principles in our discussion of the implications of super-Turing computation for the future of computer science.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eugene Eberbach
    • 1
  • Dina Goldin
    • 2
  • Peter Wegner
    • 3
  1. 1.Computer and Information Science DepartmentUniversity of MassachusettsUSA
  2. 2.Computer Science &; Engineering DepartmentUniversity of ConnecticutUSA
  3. 3.Department of Computer ScienceBrown UniversityUSA

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