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The Spawn Of Frankenstein

The Spawn Of Frankenstein

Feb
2
Thursday
 from 8:00 pm to 10:40 pm
New America
740 15th St NW #900, Washington, DC (map)

No work of literature has done more to shape the way people think about science and its moral consequences than Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Frankenstein. Today, almost two centuries after the novel's publication, advances in artificial intelligence, genetic engineering, robotics, and many other fields demonstrate the enduring salience of Frankenstein's themes.

Why are we still talking about Frankenstein? And what do we still have to learn from Victor Frankenstein and his creature, at a time when our scientific and technological capabilities make the novel’s premise of creating life in the lab more plausible than ever? 

Join us on Thursday, February 2, in Washington, D.C., to discuss the legacy of Shelley’s Frankenstein and how the novel continues to influence the way that we confront emerging technologies, understand the complex relationships between creators and their creations, and weigh the benefits of innovation with its unforeseen pitfalls. 

Happy hour to follow. 

Future Tense is a partnership of Slate , New America , and Arizona State University .

Speakers

Ed Finn

Ed Finn

Director, Center for Science and the Imagination
Arizona State University
Nancy Kress

Nancy Kress

Science Fiction Writer
Josephine Johnston

Josephine Johnston

Director of Research and Research Scholar
Lux Capital
Patric M Verrone

Patric M Verrone

Writer and producer
Lux Capital
Samuel Arbesman

Samuel Arbesman

Scientist in Residence
Lux Capital

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