Professor Fail presents LaaF24...
Frankenstein's Legacy: Robots, Transhumans, and the Technological Singularity
Sunday, May 2, 2010
ABSTRACT: Science fiction often involves dystopian futures, menacing robots, and sentient computer networks attempting to eradicate humanity. In his next lecture Matt Cheung, will argue that these themes can be traced back to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. The creation of Frankensteinâs monster stems from an anxiety about a future overrun by technology. Two hundred years later, with the prophecies of an approaching technological tipping point known as the Singularity on the horizon, the future is now. Come watch this professor of liberal arts discuss hard science and other issues he has no real knowledge of beyond speculation. It worked for his lecture on time travel, and it should work again as he discusses the Technological Singularity.
SPEAKER BIO: Matthew Cheung, famous (or infamous?) for his commentary on community college life and times, is bringing us his expertise on futurology once again. His previous lectures have gone on to become the principal source of information on time travel and beta males for an elite and influential group of people (ahem, the LaaF audience). Professor Cheung's wit operates on an accelerated time scale and demonstrates that he is, in his own epic way, a singularity.
Film: Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
Food: By Carol (cosmic curry & Klingon katsu)
When: Sunday, May 2, 6:00PM
Where: Jinna's place