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Turing 100 today

Alan Turing would have been 100 today. It is not out of possibility that if things had gone a different way, he could still be alive to see the internet age, and be thanked by a grateful planet.

A while back I found a photo of him as a little guy of about 4 or 5. I can't put the photo up because I am stupid like that-- but maybe Charlie C can. She has it.

He was just a little boy, squinting a little at the camera. You get the feeling that he had been told to hold still for his picture, and that he had waited while an adult fumbled with the camera. I can imagine that his little feet were prancing to go and run and play. He looked so serious as a man. So worried. I find that my mind returns, when I think of him, to the little boy. World Wars, and secrets, and work and fear, are all still ahead in that picture. He was nothing but potential.

I wish that little boy could have had the happy life he deserved. I wish he could have lived in a world that honored him for who he really was. He deserved that. Everyone does.

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anteros_lmc
Jun. 23rd, 2012 09:34 am (UTC)
I had thought about writing something about Turing today but I don't think I could add to such a beautiful tribute.

Perhaps I'll go and find the picture and post that instead.

I'm so glad that Turing finally has the recognition he deserves but the way he was treated by this country still makes me really angry. I've twice signed petitions for his pardon but all that has been forthcoming is a rather lame apology.
donnaimmaculata
Jun. 23rd, 2012 09:59 am (UTC)
I wasn't aware that he hasn't been granted a pardon. How utterly ridiculous.
anteros_lmc
Jun. 23rd, 2012 10:06 am (UTC)
Isn't it? There have been several apologies but no official pardon.
eglantine_br
Jun. 23rd, 2012 01:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you for putting the picture up.

You know, that picture is even more stunning than I remembered. He was an ok looking man, but he was a stunning little boy. I just want to hug him, and hear him giggle!
donnaimmaculata
Jun. 23rd, 2012 09:47 am (UTC)
I didn't know it's his birthday today, but I thought of him yesterday. I went to this exhibition, and there's an Alan Turing card there, and I stood in front of it longer than before any of the others. He was so young when he killed himself. (The exhibition deals with the history of Cyberkinetics, from the very first days of astronomical clocks to today's social media and modern warfare technology, interpreted and depicted in form of Tarot cards.)
eveiya
Jun. 23rd, 2012 11:08 am (UTC)
Some very interesting stuff about Turing on the BBC news website today - Inquest's suicide verdict 'not supportable' and also this (not sure whether or not that second one will be available outside the UK, I'm afraid).
eglantine_br
Jun. 23rd, 2012 08:05 pm (UTC)
I was able to see and hear the second one fine, from NYC. Thank you for posting it.
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