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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?


Tom Hyre

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 international education, and has taught at schools and universities in Afghanistan, Russia, and Peru as well as in Washington DC, where he's currently... 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 →

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... 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, cellist, and martial... Read More →

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Karina DarJuan

Director of Pop Culture, Escape Velocity | Assistant Curator, Museum of Science Fiction

Friday September 1, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
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