The Turing Text

Alan Turing

This year, to mark the centenary of Alan Turing’s birth, Manchester’s Comma Press launches a new experiment in literary social networking: ‘The Turing Text’. This is a micro-blogging game (open to everyone) designed to challenge our understanding of online identity, to commission new pieces of fiction, and to apply the now iconic ‘Turing Test’ in a social media context. Regular bloggers, tweeters, facebookers and newcomers to social media are all invited to relocate their social network identities – anonymously and for a period of two weeks – to a new ‘Turing Text’ space. Not everything will be as it first appears, indeed some contributors may even be artificially intelligent! The aim of the game is not just to explore this semi-fictional social network as a real-life character, but also to try to identify the interlopers, the artificial social networkers, the characters whose profiles and microblogs are being entirely generated by a piece of software…

Can you sleuth them out?

Watch this space for more information

The two week period will start on 17 Oct with a special event at the Mcr Blog Awards (The Deaf Institute, 7.30pm), as part of Manchester Literature Festival, and will culminate with a Alan Turing Night (featuring the unveiling of all the identities) on Fri 2 Nov, at the Manchester Museum – as part of the Manchester Science Festival.

To take part please contact Comma first. Email

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