Alan Turing centenary exhibition at the Arnolfini

2011-10-10, , Comments

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My parents are born in 1931 making them centenarians in 2031, the year in which — according to the Arnolfini timeline, a colour-coded sequence of data sprites recording the Arnolfini’s presence from the Bristol riots of 1831 to the gallery’s own centenary in 2061 — in 2031, coincidentally, life expectancy has risen to 100. In 2031 the Arnolfini also marks Alan Turing’s centenary with an exhibition, Almost Real: Composite Consciousness.

Almost Real: Composite Consciousness, Alan Turing centenary exhibition

This confuses me since 2012 is Turing’s centenary. He is born in 1912. In 1931 he studies mathematics at Cambridge.

Googling for more on the Almost Real exhibition, which I have yet to see, I discover a bug in the timeline. 2031 should read 2050, 100 years after Turing publishes Computing Machinery and Intelligence, the paper in which he considers the question “Can machines think?”

More details on Almost Real:

Composite Consciousness is a gift, a gift that constitutes the social identity of those that reciprocate, and in that reciprocation, the gift is the interval (the difference) between those present, and those not. The time of the disinterested gift is the time of memory — it shifts the present into the future, or recollects the past into the present.

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