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Future Digital Life: A World Without Us? 17 - 19 January 2019

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Future Digital Life: A World Without Us?
18 January

IMPAKT Center for Media Culture

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14:15 – Panel: Robots, VR and Hacking

This panel explores what the impact of new digital technologies will be on the future of life and asks what are the risks. How is robotics changing the world? Will we ever be able to ‘upload’ our consciousnesses to live on in silico? How will virtual reality change experience? What new questions are being highlighted by the arts and science fiction? And can the democratization of technology through DIY, maker and hacker culture widen public participation in these debates?

Speakers: Alex May (Chair), Ine Poppe, John Holder, Ghislaine Boddington

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16:00 – Panel: The Risks and Benefits of AI

This panel explore the benefits and risks of artificial intelligence (AI). Can AIs make art? What are the limitations of machine learning and genetic algorithms? How can we control or legislate AI? Should AIs be given rights? Are AIs an existential threat to humanity?

Speakers: Arjon Dunnewind (Chair), Lucas Evers, Jan Broersen, Anna Dumitriu

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19:00 – Keynote: professor Paul Brown (University of Sussex)

Paul Brown is a computer artist based in the UK and Australia. Since 2000, he has been an honorary visiting professor and artist-in-residence in the department of informatics at the University of Sussex in England, and his work has been exhibited internationally at venues including the Tate and the Victoria & Albert Museum as well as in major public and private collections around the world. He is one of the pioneers of the field of Generative and Computational Art and is also recognized for his early work in Artificial Life “A-Life” Art. Paul Brown discovered digital computers as a creative medium after seeing the Cybernetic Serendipity exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art in London in 1968. Early in his career he began developing processed-based methods for generating images and time-based artworks as an alternative to the then common approach to art making as a form of self-expression. Brown designs computer programs but emphasizes that the art is not embedded in the programs by intention but instead emerges autonomously from the execution of the programs. Together with his son Daniel, who is also an artist, they have described this methodology as “art that makes itself.”

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