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Friday, September 1 • 10:45am - 11:45am
Mechanical Morals: The Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence

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We take a look at some fictional AI characters you know and love (robots, androids, holograms, artificial personalities of whatever form) and examine the ways they're treated by the human characters in their respective works. What rights do they have? Do they get the same respect as non-AI lifeforms? Why or why not? And most importantly, what lessons we can take as we think about our own near future?

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Tom Hyre

Director of Panel Operations, MAGFest
Tom Hyre is on loan to Escape Velocity from MAGFest, where he's been Director of Panels for six years, and often steps in as a discussion moderator to keep the qualified experts from wandering off-topic or degenerating into unintelligible jargon.  In real life he's a specialist in... Read More →
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Anastasia Klimchynskaya

Anastasia Klimchynskaya is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute on the Formation of Knowledge at the University of Chicago. Her current book project focuses on articulating how the new technoscientific paradigm brought about by industrialization gave rise to the literary form... Read More →
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Diane Samuelson

Diane Samuelson has a Master's degree in 20th Century English Literature from the University of Edinburgh.  Research interests include Golden Age sf, utopian/dystopian literature, underlying philosophies of sf, and early comics.  Diane is also an actor, ballroom dance instructor... Read More →

Doug Samuelson

Douglas A. Samuelson is President and Chief Scientist of his own consulting company, InfoLogix, Inc., in Annandale, Virginia. He has been a Federal policy analyst, consultant, successful high-tech entrepreneur and executive, patented inventor, and an adjunct and research faculty member... Read More →

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Karina DarJuan

Director of Pop Culture, Escape VelocityAssistant Curator, Museum of Science FictionCurrently studying "Film and Fashion Makeup Design" at New Image College, Vancouver BC

Friday September 1, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am PDT
5 - South (250)