Exploring the Turing myth

July 26, 2016 5:10 - 6:25 pm


Alan Turing is not only a foundational scientist who had a prophetic role for today's science, but is also a creative and artistic inspiration for present and future generations. One hundred years after his birth, his inspirational engagement with the potential of computers, and the mysteries of what can and cannot be computed, is increasingly being brought to a mainstream audience by the collaboration of artists, writers and scientists, in film, theatre, novels and music. We will examine how Turing’s wide-ranging impact needs to be understood and deconstructed to make it accessible and interpretable to a range of audiences. Turing's life and work, and his technological and artistic legacy, bring us new and challenging understandings of what makes us human.

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