The Painting, the Machine and the Apple Lucas Hnath

1950: Alan Turing proposed that if a computer could imitate human intelligence, then it actually possessed human intelligence – you are what you imitate. This theory formed the foundation for the concept of artificial intelligence. Turing later committed suicide by eating an apple laced with arsenic. His favorite movie was Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.

1983: computer scientist Adan Turner works furiously to build a highly experimental robot, programmed to replicate human creativity by generating original paintings. When a fatal bug causes years of hard work to be lost in the final hours of testing, Adan loses his funding and must kill the project. After the disaster, a mysterious dealer mistakes one of Adan’s notebooks for the work of Alan Turing, Adan plays along and sells the dealer the notebook for a very high price. Before long, Adan is fabricating the "lost work" of Alan Turing and using the money to rebuild his project; however, the plan backfires when Adan’s fraud is discovered. Now, not only is Adan’s AI project jeopardized but so is his freedom. In order to save himself, Adan decides to put Alan Turing’s theories to the test and transform himself into something else. The Painting, the Machine, and the Apple is an eery psychological thriller that blurs the line between man and machine.


Writer: Lucas Hnath





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