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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?

Moderators
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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 and new media. Her... Read More →

Speakers
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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

Thaddeus Howze is a prolific writer of speculative fiction, scientific, technical and cultural commentary from his office in Hayward, California. Writing for Quora.com, he has taken home the Top Writer Award two years in a row, in 2016 and 2017.  His topics include science fiction, cosmology, science, technology, media dissection, narrative story-telling and comic character development from a historical perspective. He's presently a writer/editor... 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 focuses on the way the scientific history, modes of thought, and paradigms of the period gave rise to the genre, and on creating a theory of the genre based in that history. She has presented on science fiction, AI, Star Trek, fandom history, and transmedia storytelling at various conferences and conventions, including Star Trek: Mission NYC, Philcon, and Science in Public, and recently taught a course titled "Living in a Science Fiction World," which used sci-fi to tackle contemporary sociopolitical, legal, and technological issues. She's passionate about using science fiction as a tool that helps us envision and prepare for our future, and loves to explore the means through which science fiction so often becomes science... 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 classes about Young Adult fiction and gender studies. Pulliam is the author... Read More →

Volunteers
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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 classical sub-genres), and wrote her thesis on Scott... Read More →

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