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Saturday, September 2 • 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Westworld: Cowboys and AI

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Extending off the concept of the original 1973 movie that explored man's inhumanity to robot, the HBO series brought to life a resort where one could live in a Western setting and interact with realistic "host" AIs. Westworld was the the latest sci-fi show to explore these themes. Compare and contrast Westworld to other shows that blur the line between man and machine, such as "Dollhouse", "Battlestar Galactica", "Ghost In the Shell", and "TRON: Legacy". How do these fictional examples compare to real-world artificial intelligence applications such as Watson, Google's Tensorflow, and OpenAI? Is Alexa really your friend, or will she shoot you in the last episode?

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Andrew Kelley

Andrew Kelley is a writer, teacher, and financial professional with degrees in English and Philosophy. An article he wrote on the topic of AI in Star Trek was e-published for TheMind'sEye.com in 2011.
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Ann White

Ann White has over 20 years of experience presenting interactive fan panels at conventions in the Baltimore-Washington area. In the time that she's not working to support her beading habit, she is a voracious reader and viewer of sci-fi and fantasy. Her current favorites are The Expanse... Read More →
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John White

Cybersecurity engineer
In real life John is a cybersecurity engineer. The other 16 hours of the day he is an omnivorous reader and viewer of science fiction, urban fantasy, and cyberpunk, especially The Expanse, Ghost in the Shell, and anything by William Gibson. John has over 20 years of experience presenting... Read More →

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Shauna Fitzgerald

Vice President, Special Events and Planning, Museum of Science Fiction
Science fiction has been a part of Shauna’s life since she was three years old. Her earliest memories include watching reruns of The Twilight Zone and Star Trek. In high school and college, she often convinced her English teachers to let her read and write reports on science fiction... Read More →

Saturday September 2, 2017 1:15pm - 2:15pm PDT
Wilson BC (190)