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Artificial horizons: intelligence and its mutated forms in Sci-Fi film

In the framework of the In-Lab theFlesh_theCircuitry_theGhost a series of lectures - each time with two guest speakers - will be organized by Van Eyck participants Alessandro Bertelle and Antje Guenther and former participants Hanna Nilsson and Rasmus Svensson.

This research group deals with the contemporary status of artificial intelligence (A.I.), with the potential and ethical problems of transhuman body enhancement as also the future of the human body and consequences for the civilization and society.

On Monday February 1st at 17:30 you are welcome to join the first lecture Artificial horizons: intelligence and its mutated forms in Sci-Fi film in Van Eyck’s auditorium. This lecture will be given by bioethicist Ellen Ter Gast and journalist and art historian Tamar Stelling.

Monday 1 February
17:30 – 18:30
Location: Van Eyck auditorium

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According to newspaper The Guardian, unseen A.I. already rules the world. And journalists ask: should we be more wary of their power?
Science fiction films has spent decades pondering this exact question. Does this genre help us think the new thoughts we need, about how to deal with post biological intelligence?
Generally A.I. in SciFi film seems to fit one of the following archetypes:
• Pygmalion: the creator falls in love with its creation
• Pinocchio: the creation wants to become human and/ or treated as a human
• Frankenstein: the creation gets out of control and turns against its creator
This is because Sci-Fi A.I. is always somehow ‘embodied’. Is its physical manifestation necessary for humans to imagine A.I.? Can we think of A.I. without giving it a precise form? What would this A.I. really be like – would it dream of being human at all?
Bioethicist Ellen ter Gast and tech writer Tamar Stelling will investigate those topics through the eyes of science fiction films.

Selection: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Star Trek (1979 - ), Star Wars (1977 - ), Ghost in the Shell (1995 - ), Isaac Asimov’s Positronic man (1992), HER (2015), Blade Runner (1982), Robot & Frank (2012), WALL·E (2008), Ex Machina (2015), RoboCop (2014) Transcendence (2014), Terminator (1984), Solaris (1972 / 2002), Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970) etc. 

Ellen ter Gast is program developer art science at iArts Maastricht and lecturer bioethics at the University of Leiden. Ellen holds a Master degree in both neurobiology and philosophy. In 2007 Ellen defended her PhD thesis Biotech Pioneers, a story about the fears and hopes that underlie the biotech revolution. Art and science fiction are as important to her thoughts as science fact.

Tamar Stelling is a freelance (science) journalist and art historian. She writes in particular about cross-pollinations between art and science, art and organic matter or animals and technology. The unsuspected characteristics and pursuits of our fellow creatures also captivate her. Did you know jellyfish are taking over the world?

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