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Autofac, Science Fiction and the Future of Work: A Conversation with Bruce Sterling

June 2 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

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This panel takes the Future of Work conversation beyond the bromides of today by meditating on yesterday’s visions of our future, as encapsulated by Philip K. Dick’s classic science fiction story “Autofac” and its recent adaptation for Amazon’s “Electric Dreams” video anthology. Participants include Dr. Simone Browne, Associate Professor in the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies, Director of the Good Systems Critical Surveillance Inquiry (CSI) Research Focus Area, and author of Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness; Nitin Verma, an advanced graduate student in the School of Information whose research concerns political and scientific misinformation and the ethical issues raised by machine learning technology; and the celebrated cyberpunk writer and UT graduate Bruce Sterling.

You can watch the “Electric Dreams” episode, Autofac, with Amazon Prime!

Bruce Sterling
Science Fiction Writer

In conversation with

Samuel Baker
Associate Professor of English, University of Texas at Austin

Simone Browne
Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies, University of Texas at Austin

Neville Hoad
Associate Professor of English & Co-Director, Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, University of Texas at Austin

Nitin Verma
PhD Student in the School of Information, University of Texas at Austin

 

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Date:
June 2
Time:
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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