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Published on Mar 10, 2009
In connection with Helsinki Skaala Opera's multimedia opera Turing Machine at Korjaamo, Crucible Studio presents Turing Enigma, an on-line chatting experience, which continues the thematics of the Turing Machine opera and provides new points of view to the fascinating life of Alan Turing (1912-1954).
Turing, a heroic wartime code-breaker and pioneer of computer science, made a provocative contribution to the debate regarding artificial intelligence: whether it will ever be possible to say that a machine is conscious and can think. As a person he was "an ordinary English homosexual atheist mathematician", which led him, tragically, to commit suicide by eating an apple laced in cyanide.
In Turing Enigma, Alan Turing's spirit has infiltrated the German WWII encrypting device Enigma, the "unbreakable" code of which Turing successfully cracked. The user can engage in discussions with Alan Turing's spirit on the web site. The artificial character can recognize words and sentences from text typed-in by users and then reply accordingly with text and by "spitting out" various 3D-animated objects and sounds out of the Enigma machine.
Turing Enigma is produced by Crucible Studio, a research group of the Media Lab of the University of Art and Design Helsinki.
CREDITS Script Leena Saarinen 3D-lead and animation Merja Nieminen 3D modelling Aleksi Hyvönen & Valtteri Mäki Programming Markus Norrena Sound design Torsten Colerus Producer Kati Åberg Crucible Studio Artistic Director Mika Tuomola