William Gibson

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An international law enforcement agency dedicated to monitoring artificial intelligences, making sure they don’t grow too powerful or self-aware. Their name is a reference to the “Turing Test,” developed by Alan Turing in 1950, which measures an artificial intelligence’s ability or inability to be distinguished from a human intelligence.

Turing Police Quotes in Neuromancer

The Neuromancer quotes below are all either spoken by Turing Police or refer to Turing Police. For each quote, you can also see the other terms and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 21 Quotes

“To call up a demon you must learn its name. Men dreamed that, once, but now it is real in another way. You know that, Case. Your business is to learn the names of programs, the long formal names, names the owners seek to conceal. True names...”

“A Turing code’s not your name.”

“Neuromancer,” the boy said, slitting long gray eyes against the rising sun. “The lane to the land of the dead. Where you are, my friend. Marie-France, my lady, she prepared this road, but her lord choked her off before I could read the book of her days. Neuro from the nerves, the silver paths. Romancer. Necromancer. I call up the dead. But no, my friend,” and the boy did a little dance, brown feet printing the sand, “I am the dead, and their land.” He laughed. A gull cried. “Stay. If your woman is a ghost, she doesn’t know it. Neither will you.”

Related Characters: Henry Dorsett Case (speaker), Neuromancer / Rio (speaker), Wintermute, Marie-France, Michèle
Page Number: 243
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Turing Police Term Timeline in Neuromancer

The timeline below shows where the term Turing Police appears in Neuromancer. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 12
Self-Interest vs. Human Connection Theme Icon
Addiction and Dependency Theme Icon
Reality and Perception Theme Icon
...his hotel, preparing to fall asleep, but is greeted by two men and a woman—the Turing Police. (full context)
Chapter 13
Technology and the Body Theme Icon
Identity and Personhood Theme Icon
The Turing Police (who Case recognizes as the three French teenagers he had seen around the resort... (full context)
Chapter 21
Identity and Personhood Theme Icon
Case asks the AI its true name; Rio is just its Turing code. The AI says its name is Neuromancer—“the lane to the land of the dead.”... (full context)
Chapter 24
Identity and Personhood Theme Icon
...won, combining with Neuromancer. They spoke together from the platinum head, explaining they erased the Turing records and all records of the crimes Molly, Case, and their team had committed. Money... (full context)