June 16

AI in Pop Culture

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About The Event

The Great Exhibition Road Festival, UK
June 16, 2024
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Via The Great Exhibition Road Festival:

G16 Lecture Theatre

Sir Alexander Fleming Building, Imperial College London

From The Terminator and Black Mirror to the robot friends common in Japanese comics, hear how writers and movie makers have influenced our expectations of artificial intelligence.

Artificial intelligence is going to have a global impact. However, people’s expectations and sense of fear or hope around the potential changes to come vary significantly across the world.

On a more local scale, public views on AI appear highly influenced by the culture they have grown up with and the stories that have been told about ‘intelligent machines’ in film, TV, books and art.

At the Great Exhibition Road Festival we will trace the history of ‘intelligent machines’ in art and literature, and explore how different cultural landscapes across the world influence how people envisage an AI future today. From utopian or dystopian, come find out how your expectations about AI’s impact fit within a global context.

Visitor Information

Talks and discussions are intended for an adult audience and are most suitable for ages 14+.

This event is part of the Art of Science talk series. The talk will have some advance tickets released to visitors closer to the Festival weekend as well as having drop in spaces on the day.

If you have an advance ticket, please arrive at the venue 10 minutes before the start time. Your ticket gives you priority access, however, as this is a free event we overbook to help ensure a full event and your space may be reallocated. Early arrival reduces this risk.

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About the Authors:

Lauren Beukes is the award-winning author of six novels, a collection of short stories, a pop history about South African women, and New York Times best-selling comics. Her work has been translated into 26 languages and won prizes across genres from the Arthur C Clarke Award to the Strand Critic’s Choice award and the University of Johannesburg Prize. Her novel, The Shining Girls, about a time-travelling serial killer and the survivor who turns the hunt around is now a major AppleTV series with Elisabeth Moss. Her latest novel, Bridge, about a young woman’s search for her mother across realities is out now. She lives in London with a teenager and two cats.

Nikhil Singh is a South African artist, writer and musician. Former projects include the graphic novels: Salem Brownstone written by John Harris Dunning (longlisted for the Branford Boase Award, Walker Books 2009) as well as The Ziggurat (Bell-Roberts 2003) by The Constructus Corporation (now Die Antwoord). His work has also been featured in various magazines including Dazed, i-D Online, Creative Review, as well as Pictures and Words: New Comic Art and Narrative Illustration (Laurence King, 2005). His debut novel Taty Went West was published by Kwani? Trust in 2015, Jacaranda Books (UK) in 2017, and Rosarium (US) in 2018. The book was released with an accompanying soundtrack and was shortlisted for Best African Novel in the inaugural Nommo Awards. His new novel Dakini Atoll is a sequel to his 2020 novel Club Ded  which was shortlist for the BSFA and Nommo Awards.

Maud Woolf is a Scottish speculative writer with a particular focus on horror and science fiction. While completing an MLitt in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow, her unpublished novel was shortlisted for the North Lit Agency Prize. Her work has appeared in a variety of online magazines, including Metaphorosis Magazine where her short story ‘The Stranding’ was selected to appear in the Best of Metaphorosis 2020. Thirteen Ways to Kill Lulabelle Rock is her debut novel.