“It means a great deal to me to have been invited to give this prestigious lecture. Alan Turing for all intents and purposes founded the field I have worked in most of my career, so speaking at a series honouring his legacy is a great privilege.
"It also provides an opportunity to step back from the day to day challenges associated with Information Technology and look at the entire landscape more broadly, something one must do regularly to avoid technical and intellectual dead ends. And it gives me the personally valuable incentive to take a broad view of coming discontinuities, associated challenges and opportunities for progress on different trajectories.
"For many decades Information Technology has thrived, following a remarkable and reliable path of consistent and dramatic improvements in compute capabilities, costs and pervasiveness. This exceptional trajectory has been underpinned by the equally steady march of progress in silicon technology, often referred to as Moore's Law.
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