I’m a writer with a string of long-standing, moderately obsessive interests, one of which is a fascination with Alan Turing. (For a brief overview of why you, too, should be an no-holds-barred Turing-o-phile, see the About Alan Turing page.)
One consequence of my interest in Turing is that it manifests itself in my upcoming novel, Luck and Death at the Edge of the World, which features a conscious artificial intelligence that normally inhabits the security system of a mogul’s mansion. When an attempt is made to murder its boss, the AI must be instantiated into a human form in order to facilitate its interaction with the humans who are investigating the attack. The particular form the AI chooses is a simulacrum of Alan Turing.
Luck and Death will be released in 2012 and I’ll post details on this site once it’s available.
The other main consequence of my abiding interest in Turing is this site. Some relevant facts:
- I generally post every day or two, although that’s not a promise, just a general practice.
- I focus on items of interest about Turing’s legacy — his current effects on the world, or interesting artifacts relating to him — but whatever takes my interest is fair game.
- In each post I attempt to include links that will be useful and/or interesting rather than just linking to the relevant Wikipedia page. Sometimes, when it’s the best or only choice, I do link to Wikipedia, but it’s never my first choice, not because I dislike it but because you already know it’s there and can easily find what it provides.
- I tweet at TuringCentury and welcome all followers.
- I appreciate hearing from readers, from anyone interested in Turing, or from pretty much anyone else, so feel free to email me (see the Contact page).
This page last updated: October 29, 2011
Photo details: The image in the header is part of a photo of the Enigma code machine, used by the German military in World War II. Alan Turing was instrumental in breaking the Enigma code system, allowing the British military to read German dispatches without the Germans’ knowledge.