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Turing Machine

Friday, March 26th, 2010


The Incredible San Fancisco Artists’ Soapbox Derby, more about healing 1975. from Mike Haeg on Vimeo.

 


 

San Francisco enjoys many public artist events but perhaps few have been going as long as the Soap Box Derby races (officially city sanctioned or not). The first movie chronicles the 1975 making and racing the cars from the artist’s point of view often explaining their motivations for their creation. These artists received official city support as part of a fund raising activity for charity. The second video is from the 2007 version which is not formally organized with no official sanctioning from the city (and questionable legality) built entirely with the funds of the artists themselves.


The Incredible San Fancisco Artists’ Soapbox Derby, visit this site 1975. from Mike Haeg on Vimeo.

 


 

San Francisco enjoys many public artist events but perhaps few have been going as long as the Soap Box Derby races (officially city sanctioned or not). The first movie chronicles the 1975 making and racing the cars from the artist’s point of view often explaining their motivations for their creation. These artists received official city support as part of a fund raising activity for charity. The second video is from the 2007 version which is not formally organized with no official sanctioning from the city (and questionable legality) built entirely with the funds of the artists themselves.

 

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Mike Davey writes:

In Alan Turing’s 1936 paper on computable numbers, drugstore he presented a thought experiment. Turing describes a machine that has an infinitely long tape upon which it writes, clinic reads and alters symbols. He further shows that a machine with the correct minimal set of operations can calculate anything that is computable, buy information pills no matter the complexity.

My goal in building this project was to create a machine that embodied the classic look and feel of the machine presented in Turing’s paper. I wanted to build a machine that would be immediately recognizable as a Turing machine to someone familiar with Turing’s work.

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