A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Turing Galaxy: on naming the age of the networked digital computer

GRASSMUCK, Volker
2007 Contemporanea : Revista de Comunicação e Cultura  
The most commonly used name for our era is that of the 'information society, which is a rather unexpressive and, strictly speaking, tautological term. The informatics & society scholar Wolfgang Coy, following the example of McLuhan's Gutenberg Galaxy, has introduced the concept of the Turing Galaxy. The paper retraces the pre-history of the concept, its grounding in the fundamental breakthroughs of the British mathematician Alan M. Turing, the Turing Machine and the Turing Test, analyses the
more » ... st, analyses the reception of the concept in a variety of fields of scholarship and asks for its value in the further debate on the knowledge environment of the networked computer.
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