Chasing Consciousness: Cylons and T2’s and the Borg – Oh My! | The Danger and Potential of Artificial Life and Intelligence

Since the publication of Frankenstein in 1818, the idea of the artificial creation of life and intelligence has been considered the ultimate in “what humans are not meant to know.” Frankenstein, Dr. Moreau, the colonists of Battlestar Galactica – all paid dearly for transgressing. Why is it that these things are considered so dangerous? How close are we to achieving them? Come join physicist Dr Chuck Adler and historian Bow van Riper for an evening tackling ideas from science fiction, world culture, science, and philosophy: From robots in popular culture, to Asimov’s three laws of robotics, Lem’s “robot fables”, and Kurtzweil’s “singularity” theory.

Featuring Chuck Adler and Bow van Riper, hosted by Caleb Scharf.











When: Mon., March 19, 2018 at 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Where: Caveat
21 Clinton St.
212-228-2100
Price: $15
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Since the publication of Frankenstein in 1818, the idea of the artificial creation of life and intelligence has been considered the ultimate in “what humans are not meant to know.” Frankenstein, Dr. Moreau, the colonists of Battlestar Galactica – all paid dearly for transgressing. Why is it that these things are considered so dangerous? How close are we to achieving them? Come join physicist Dr Chuck Adler and historian Bow van Riper for an evening tackling ideas from science fiction, world culture, science, and philosophy: From robots in popular culture, to Asimov’s three laws of robotics, Lem’s “robot fables”, and Kurtzweil’s “singularity” theory.

Featuring Chuck Adler and Bow van Riper, hosted by Caleb Scharf.

Buy tickets/get more info now