Public Programs And Events

Robot Dialogues

Robot Dialogues

John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center
General Public 

This event will feature lively dialogues between human interlocutors and artificial beings -- bots, robots, and telepresences. The panelists will discuss the nature of subjectivity, identity and sociality -- and the role of dialogue and communication in creating and shaping these. The "Robot Dialogues" panel will showcase technological innovations in artificial intelligence and expression, but it will also provide an opportunity to historicize development in the field and reflect on its implications.

Participants will include Lynn Hershman Leeson (Dorothy H. Hirshon Director-in-Residence), Heather Knight (Carnegie Mellon, Marilyn Monrobot Labs), and Wendell Wallach (The Center for Bioethics, Yale University),  with Peter Asaro (School of Media Studies faculty) as moderator.

As part of the Dorothy H. Hirshon Director in Residence series, the event will present work from filmmaker and media artist Lynn Hershman Leeson. From Hershman Leeson's work, the artificial intelligent web entity Agent Ruby will represent the results of a decade-long work, "The Agent Ruby Files," which includes an ongoing archive of interactions with online users that continues to be built since 2002. This archive continues to shape Agent Ruby's memory and knowledge.  

Lynn Hershman Leeson has been internationally acclaimed for her art and films. Her artwork is featured in the public collections of the Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, the Zentrum fur Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Tate Modern, The National Gallery of Canada, the Walker Art Center and the Museum of Modern Art. She received the d.velop digital art award (d.daa), in Berlin, for Lifetime Achievement in the field of Media. She has also received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. A major retrospective and catalogue is scheduled in 2014 at the ZKM Museum in Germany and the Museum der Moderne Museum in Salzburg. Five of her feature films – The Electronic Diary, Conceiving Ada, Teknolust, Strange Culture, and !Women Art Revolution – have been showcased at the Sundance Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival and The Berlin International Film Festival, among others. They have also been awarded many honors, including the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Writing and Directing and the Best Film on Art in 2011. All of her feature films are in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art.

She is currently serving as the 2013-2014 Dorothy H. Hirshon "Director in Residence" in the School of Media Studies at The New School.

Sponsored by The School of Media Studies

This event is free, but registration is required by clicking on the top right button.

This will also be livestreamed at the during the event. 

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