Videos (Talks/Events)

WHERE SCIENCE MEETS FICTION: CONCERNS ABOUT THE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE INDUSTRY. Dr. Teresa Heffernan. February 14, 2018


 

IMAGING AUTOMATONS: IMAGES OF ROBOTS IN FICTION AND SCIENCE

Public Lecture by Teresa Heffernan, January 17, 2018 at University of King’s College, Halifax, NS.

Abstract: News headlines, government reports, scientific journals, and museums often use fiction to frame discussions of the robotics and artificial intelligence industry, implying a direct trajectory between the fiction and the science. Yet when it comes to real-world policies, the literary imagination is marginalized in discussions of a technological future with the oft-voiced argument that we need to keep the “fiction” out of science. There are all sorts of ways in which fiction and art more generally are mobilized in the service of the robotics/AI industry in order to prove the “creativity” and autonomy of artificial intelligence; what gets shut down, however, is the critical potential of art. Resisting the tendency to read science as fiction coming true, Teresa Heffernan will consider the very different ways science and fiction imagine robots, artificial intelligence, and technological futures.


 

PUBLIC DEBATE: AI/ROBOTS AND OUR FUTURE

October 19, 2017, Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia.

“The aim of this public debate is to foster a broad and inclusive discussion which informs our understanding of the dynamics and consequences of the rise of AI and Robotics and how to govern its impact on humanity and our world.” Moderator: Ian Wilks (Acadia, Philosophy). Participants: Paul Abela (Acadia, Philosophy), Teresa Heffernan (Saint Mary’s University, English), Stan Matwin (Dalhousie, Computer Science), and Danny Silver (Acadia, Computer Science).