(Spoiler Alert) This 9 minute clip from the extremely impressive true story film The Imitation Game, consists of the final scenes that lead to the end of the movie. A very inspiring last 9 minutes that have Alan Turing, the man who created the computer, feeling depressed, alone and affected by the drugs he must take (for curing his homosexual disease) in an era where it was not understandable nor accepted. If he declined the drugs than he would have been sent to prison which terrified him intensely because that would mean he would not be able to work on his computer machine named ‘Christopher’.
In the scene above, Alan is visited by his ex-wife Joan (who was also his co-worker who helped him solve the Nazi enigma). She tried to cheer him up by reminding him of why not being ‘normal’ was the greatest gift to the world.
Alan Turing faced so much adversity growing up as a misfit with no friends, and being gay in a time frame where it was completely unacceptable. He also had to remain extremely secretive about his sexuality and could not even reveal the truth to his wife for so many years. That kind of adversity in the 1940’s – being gay and going against society’s ways, he could have been killed but instead saved 14 million lives by ending the war shorter by 2 years with his mathematical brilliance. Alan Turing was the pioneer of computers but was never truly acknowledged while he was alive.
“Do you know, this morning I was on a train that went through a city that wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for you. I bought a ticket from a man who would likely be dead if it wasn’t for you. I read up, on my work, a whole field of scientific inquiry that only exists because of you. Now, if you wish you could have been normal… I can promise you I do not. The world is an infinitely better place precisely because you weren’t. Sometimes it’s the very people who no one imagines anything of who do the things no one can imagine.” – Joan Clarke
“Of course machines can’t think as people do. A machine is different from a person. Hence, they think differently. The interesting question is, just because something, uh… thinks differently from you, does that mean it’s not thinking? Well, we allow for humans to have such divergences from one another. You like strawberries, I hate ice-skating, you cry at sad films, I am allergic to pollen. What is the point of… different tastes, different… preferences, if not, to say that our brains work differently, that we think differently? And if we can say that about one another, then why can’t we say the same thing for brains… built of copper and wire, steel?” – Alan Turing
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