Join us for a mid-summer eve's robo-fete as we launch "Talking to Robots: Tales from Our Human Robot Futures," by David Ewing Duncan (Dutton) - We'll start with a reception and a discussion with George Church, David Sinclair, Rodrigo Martinez, Siranush Babakhanova and others about our human-robot future, followed by a party with a DJ and dancing. Human food and AI-inspired cocktails provided! Dress up like your favorite robot or AI system, or wear your favorite robo-t-shirt! If you're a robot, dress up like a human! Books will be available, sponsored by Arc Fusion and MIT's Xapiens. Invite your friends and share this! More on the book here and to place a pre-order: http://www.davidewingduncan.com/books/talking-to-robots (the book is out on July 19).
About the Book: Talking to Robots: Tales From Our Human-Robot Futures (Dutton) features 24 robots and AI systems that are being built or dreamed about in the present – including Teddy Bot, Doc Bot, Warrior Bot, Facebook Bot, Politician Bot, Sex Bot, Matrix Bot, Immortal Me Bot, and God Bot. What’s different is that each bot is described by a narrator who is living in the future. He or she (or it?) knows how things turn out for each bot, with some of these future scenarios turning out great, others not so much. The book is a mix of nonfiction reporting and fictional plots and stories (an experiment in storytelling). Most bots include interviews with fascinating, real-life thinkers, including Kevin Kelly, Brian Greene, Tiffany Shlain, Juan Enriquez, Sunny Bates, George Church, Emily Morse, Steve Petranek, Adam Gazzaley Tim O’Reilly, Eric Topol, Rodrigo Martinez, and David Baldacci. David also has invented a new tense for the book, the present near-future. Look for the TV series that’s in the works!
Schedule · Friday, July 19, 2019
6:00 PM Reception: A.I.-inspired Cocktails
7:30 PM Discussion with guests - George Church, David Sinclair, Rodrigo Martinez, Siranush Babakhanova and others
8:00 PM Party! Dancing!