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Humanist Archives: Dec. 27, 2021, 9:33 a.m. Humanist 35.420 - media sources for Turing's tape?

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 35, No. 420.
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        Date: 2021-12-24 02:21:02+00:00
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        Subject: Turing's Tape

Hello Willard and Humanist subscribers,

I am wondering if any one can point to work broaching the topic of cultural
media sources for Turing’s Tape. I am struggling with how addressability can
emerge from the idea of sequence (this I take to be important for storage and
retrieval). It seems obvious that the cinema can supply the notion of sequence:
celluloid running backwards and forwards. Turing of course predates the era of
video with its time code (and hence addressability). I feel I am missing
something in descriptions of Turing’s Tape.

I am not after a causal relation but attempting to examine homologies.

Appreciate any pointers.

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François Lachance
Wannabe Professor of Theoretical and Applied Rhetoric

to think is often to sort, to store and to shuffle: humble, embodied tasks

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