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date: 27 January 2022

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Reading Alan Turing’s seminal essay on machine intelligence as valorizing not a performative but a demonstrative character of computing, Tobias argues in this chapter that digital arts and letters enact Turing’s demonstrative practical intelligence in ways that echo the thematics of utopia and dystopia in SF literature. He further argues that what science fiction allegorizes as the problem of utopian programs becomes, in digital arts, the question of how to demonstratethe potentials and limits of programming contemporary life. In short, the chapter shows that digital arts constitute a key site in contemporary hyperindustrial life: they build the equivalent of utopian or dystopian allegories of global technoscience into the machines we use to equip ourselves for life within globalizing technoscientific capitalism.

Keywords: science fiction, Alan Turning, machine intelligence, computers and computing, utopia, dystopia, digital arts, technoscience

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