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Friday, September 1 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Literary Representations of AI and Robotics

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Scholars will discuss the role of artificial intelligence and robotics in science and speculative fiction literatures. They will address questions such as: Why do so many texts depict the dangers of AI? Why are we so afraid of our creations gaining sentience and turning against us? What do we stand to lose? To gain? Why does organic humanity need to be the only rational consciousness? And how closely do these texts mirror the reality of today's tech?

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Despina Kakoudaki

Despina Kakoudaki is Associate Professor of Literature at American University, and director of the Humanities Lab, an interdisciplinary research center in Washington DC.  She works on film and media studies, science fiction, cultural studies, literature, and the history of technology... Read More →

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DB Bauer

DB Bauer is a doctoral student at the University of Maryland. DB’s work explores the relationship between digital technologies and humans, often centralizing speculative material culture, interface and design, and maker practices, specifically 3D printing.
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Thaddeus Howze

Afrosurreal Writers Workshop
THADDEUS HOWZE | Author | Editor | Futurist | Technologist | Thaddeus Howze is a prolific writer of speculative fiction, scientific, technical and cultural commentary from his office in Hayward, California. Thaddeus' speculative fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies and literary... Read More →
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Anastasia Klimchynskaya

Anastasia Klimchynskaya is a doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, where she's working on a dissertation on the emergence of science fiction in the 19th century. In particular, she's exploring how the genre came out of the scientific history of the period. She has... Read More →
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June Pulliam

At the tender age of eight, June Pulliam was permitted to stay up by herself and watch George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead. She was so traumatized by the experience, that she now teaches courses on horror fiction and film at Louisiana State University, where she also teaches... Read More →

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Aisha Matthews

Escape Velocity Literary Track Programming Coordinator & JOSF Assistant Managing Editor, Museum of Science Fiction
Aisha Matthews is a Ph.D. student in English Literature at Southern Methodist University, having finished her Master’s Degree at Southern New Hampshire University in early 2017. As an undergraduate at Yale (’13), she studied Young Adult Science Fiction Literature (alongside more... Read More →

Friday September 1, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
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