Tue 3rd Mar

ROBOTS, A.I & POST-HUMANS: DISMANTLED

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Who is in control of the future of humanity? When we think of cyborgs or robots, a few images might spring to mind - maybe Terminator, HAL, or I Robot. These science fictions can help us play out the implications of technology, but they can also obscure pressing issues for cyborgs and robots in the present. What makes a cyborg? What makes a robot? Where are the boundaries between the two? How is artificial intelligence already taking over the world? We will explore the opportunities and dangers of these technologies in fiction, in practice and in the future ideals that are driving innovation forward.

When we think of cyborgs or robots, a few images might spring to mind - maybe Terminator, HAL, Robocop or I Robot. These science fictions can help us play out the implications of technology, but they can also obscure pressing issues for cyborgs and robots in the present. What makes a cyborg? What makes a robot? Where are the boundaries between the two? How is artificial intelligence already taking over the world? We will explore the opportunities and dangers of these technologies in fiction, in practice and in the future ideals that are driving innovation forward. Who is in control of the future of humanity?

This talk cuts across cyborgs, artificial intelligence, robots, privacy, and the future of technology to dismantle their impact on culture and society. It will draw on philosophy, science and popular culture to take a critical look at cyborgs, robots and what it means to be human in a digital age. Any technology is a collective entity, linking science, business and politics in a continuously evolving and diverse culture. We will explore how thinking critically about posthumans can reveal the relationships embedded in technology today and the power structures that are defining our future. How can we be better cyborgs?

Garfield Benjamin is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Solent University They are interested in the future of society with technology, focusing on the way culture impacts on issues of cybernetics, AI, privacy and power. Garfield holds a PhD from the University of Wolverhampton, now published as The Cyborg Subject: Reality Consciousness Parallax, and previously worked for the Birmingham Centre for Cyber Security and Privacy. Garfield’s interests include science fiction, utopia, posthumanism, diversity, surveillance and computer games.

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