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      Computing the Future: Digital encounters in art and science when da Vinci meets Turing

      Proceedings of EVA London 2020 (EVA 2020)
      AI and the Arts: Artificial Imagination
      6th July – 9th July 2020
      Digital art, Digital culture, Digital heritage, Digital media, Postdigital world, Alan Turing, Leonardo da Vinci


            Computing the future, as life and research moves to the Internet, we are engaged increasingly in digital encounters from present to past and into the future with real people, events and documents. This paper focuses on the newly born-digital relationship between Alan Turing, father of computer science, and Leonardo da Vinci, master of Renaissance art and science – both revered as visionary geniuses, prophets of the future. Given the continued growth of digitised materials that are daily entering global consciousness, it is only relatively recently that both da Vinci’s notebooks and paintings, and Turing’s archive, are online and searchable. Thus we are able for the first time to relatively easily juxtapose and compare their work, and see that they have much in common in terms of what it means to human in science, art and the natural world, from da Vinci’s in-depth studies of the mechanisms of the human body, mind, and soul, foundational to his art, and to Turing’s discoveries in Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning, and morphogenesis. Considering their points of concurrence in the digital world brings into focus our global network of digital places and spaces, where science, art, and nature, including real and artificial life, become unbounded.


            Author and article information

            July 2020
            July 2020
            : 16-23
            [0001]Professor of Information

            School of Information

            Pratt Institute

            New York, USA
            [0002]Emeritus Professor of Computing

            School of Engineering

            London South Bank University

            London, UK
            © Giannini et al. Published by BCS Learning & Development Ltd. Proceedings of EVA London 2020

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            Proceedings of EVA London 2020
            EVA 2020
            6th July – 9th July 2020
            Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
            AI and the Arts: Artificial Imagination

            1477-9358 BCS Learning & Development

            Self URI (article page): https://www.scienceopen.com/hosted-document?doi=10.14236/ewic/EVA2020.3
            Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
            Electronic Workshops in Computing

            Applied computer science,Computer science,Security & Cryptology,Graphics & Multimedia design,General computer science,Human-computer-interaction
            Alan Turing,Postdigital world,Digital culture,Digital media,Digital heritage,Digital art,Leonardo da Vinci


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