Center for Values in Medicine, Science and Technology Lecture Series - Ed Finn

Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: ECSS 2.102
Admission: Free
Season: 2018-19

Note, this event has been rescheduled from its original date on April 10th.

Center for Values in Medicine, Science and Technology Lecture Series: The Promise and the Peril of Artificial Intelligence

The Algorithmic Imagination

About the Lecture:

As computational systems move deeper into social and cultural space, we are starting to rely on our machines to think for us, and with us, in powerful ways. This talk will explore the consequences of algorithmic culture for individual and collective decision-making and imagination, drawing on current examples of computational culture, historical parallels, and science fiction. Algorithmic literacy and effective human-machine collaborations will be essential to creating a positive and equitable future for humanity in the 21st century.

About the Author:

Dr. Ed Finn is the founding director of the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University, where he is an associate professor in the School of Arts, Media and Engineering and the Department of English. He also serves as the academic director of Future Tense, a partnership between ASU, New America and Slate Magazine, and a co-director of Emerge, an annual festival of art, ideas and the future. Finn’s research and teaching explore digital narratives, creative collaboration, and the intersection of the humanities, arts and sciences. He is the author of What Algorithms Want: Imagination in the Age of Computing (MIT Press), co-editor of Frankenstein: Annotated for Scientists, Engineers and Creators of All Kinds (MIT Press), and co-editor of Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future (William Morrow). He completed his PhD in English and American literature at Stanford University in 2011 and his bachelor’s degree at Princeton University in 2002. Before graduate school, Ed worked as a journalist at Time, Slate, and Popular Science.

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