‘Imagining Artificial Life’ at the Being Human Festival, 15 November

This is a wonderful-looking event I’m speaking at with some fascinating people. Organized through the Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) at the University of Edinburgh, where I am a Fellow this semester. Do come along!

Imagining Artificial Life: breaking through the screen

Tuesday 15 November, 17:30-18:30 BST at the Traverse Theatre

What does it mean to be human in the age of artificial intelligence? What if the world’s most successful writer was an AI bot? How have storytelling and myth shaped our attitudes to robots? Should we worry about biases in the algorithms that read and write our lives?

We hope to inspire you to rethink your own engagement with the digital through this interactive panel discussion, asking provocative questions about the potential of artificial lives. Humanity has long relied on stories to imagine and understand complex new technologies, but now the tantalising prospect seems to be emerging of technology telling us new stories. Yet the risk remains that these breakthroughs are replicating all the old biases and prejudices, hidden (or not) beneath a gleaming white case.

Join our panel of artists and researchers to explore singularities, new technologies and the blurred boundaries between art and the digital world. Speakers will include artist Beverley Hood, playwright Oliver Emanuel, human-robot interaction expert Mark Paterson and digital culture expert Melissa Terras.

In association with the Centre for Data, Culture and Society at the University of Edinburgh. This event is part of the Being Human festival, the UK’s national festival of the humanities, taking place 10–19 November 2022. Led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, with generous support from Research England, in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy. For further information please see beinghumanfestival.org.

Free tickets: https://breakingscreen.eventbrite.co.uk


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