24
Jul
10

Turing test

Around 1950 Alan Turing proposed a test of a computing machine’s ability to exhibit ‘intelligence’. This was a somewhat provocative idea in those days, (computers just barely did a good job of adding and subtracting), but it made for fine discussions and provided lots of plot lines for early science fiction.

In know you’re wondering what the hell has this to do with my buddy HiTechRedneck? Good question, and the answer is that touring on two wheels is quite often a search for intelligence. Luckily, it’s a bit easier to find on a motorbike than in a computer lab, and it makes no difference if you find it in yourself or the next situation or person you meet while out traveling ‘unknown lands’.

HiTech had said a few weeks ago that she was looking to score some John Muir time, meaning a scooter ride to find some intelligence in her own mind. And what has that to do with me? Good question. The answer being she thought it might be fun to see some sections of Henry Schoolcrafts’ journey thru the Ozarks. Said journey just happens to wind near her starting point and right by my humble cabin in the Mark Twain forest. So I can offer some respite (perhaps) on her journey all though she has no hope of finding lot’s of intelligence in my company, even though the beer is cold and dinner is free.

Every one who tours on two wheels knows that you don’t need an excuse to ride, nor goal to accomplish, but you do have to pick a direction in which to go. Without a direction you would never start the journey, and then you would miss .. well, I don’t know what you would miss, but that is the point.

In know you’re wondering what the hell has this to do with my buddy HiTechRedneck? Good question, and the answer is that touring on two wheels is quite often a search for intelligence. Luckily, it’s a bit easier to find on a motorbike than in a computer lab, and it makes no difference if you find it in yourself or the next situation or person you meet while out traveling ‘unknown lands’.

HiTech had said a few weeks ago that she was looking to score some John Muir time, meaning a scooter ride to find some intelligence in her own mind. And what has that to do with me? Good question. The answer being she thought it might be fun to see some sections of Henry Schoolcrafts’ journey thru the Ozarks. Said journey just happens to wind near her starting point and right by my humble cabin in the Mark Twain forest. So I can offer some respite (perhaps) on her journey all though she has no hope of finding lot’s of intelligence in my company, even though the beer is cold and dinner is free.

A scooter in search of an Apocalypse

Of course, that picture over there is her “ride”, good old #5 she calls it, and it is a commanding, beastly sort of terra-craft. It is it’s own end-all/be-all and affirms it’s own existence. It is also just what one needs when searching for stuff in backwoods Missouri. It may or may not drop in for a visit here this weekend.

She is out on her journey her email said (mailed 3 days ago), but I was working out of town and couldn’t respond until late yesterday, so who knows where she is or where she is heading or if I will even see her? Henry’s route was south from St. Louis. then west into southern Missouri and Arkansas, then he turned around and followed his own route back home.

So I’ll leave a note out in the driveway to “hang a bit” as I’m headed to town for beer and grub.

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