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

In het kader van het In-Lab theFlesh_theCircuitry_theGhost wordt een serie van drie lezingen met telkens twee gastsprekers georganiseerd door Van Eyck deelnemers Alessandro Bertelle en Antje Guenther en oud-deelnemers Hanna Nilsson en Rasmus Svensson.

Deze researchgroep houdt zich bezig met de huidige status van artificiële intelligentie (A.I.), zowel met de potentiële en ethische problemen die hiermee gepaard gaan als ook met de toekomst van het menselijk lichaam en de gevolgen voor de beschaving en maatschappij.

Op maandag 1 februari om 17:30 uur ben je van harte welkom in Van Eyck’s auditorium voor de eerste lezing Artificial horizons: intelligence and its mutated forms in Sci-Fi film. Deze lezing zal gegeven worden door bio-ethicus Ellen Ter Gast en journaliste en kunsthistoricus Tamar Stelling.

Maandag 1 februari
17:30 – 18:30 uur
Locatie: Van Eyck’s 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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