The Inevitable Robot Uprising
with Daniel H. Wilson, PhD, author and robotics engineer
Robots and their precursors have been terrifying audiences for more than a hundred years. Flappers and prohibitionists raved about R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots), a play produced in 1921 in which the word “robot” first appeared. To this day, robots are relentlessly chasing the remnants of our civilization through outer space, leaping back through time in order to murder our ancestors, and patiently drilling through the planet’s crust to kill us in our underground rave dens.
In this talk, author and former roboticist Daniel H. Wilson will straddle the line between fact and fiction, examining why we love to hate fictional robots as well as considering the latest advances in the field and their likely real-world impact on humanity.
Daniel H. Wilson is a New York Times bestselling author and robotics engineer. His bestselling novel Robopocalypse was purchased by DreamWorks where the film adaptation is in development with Steven Spielberg attached to direct. Robogenesis, the sequel to Robopocalypse, will be released in June. Wilson’s most recent book is Robot Uprisings, an anthology of robot-themed short stories collected from seventeen authors. Wilson earned a Ph.D. in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where he also received master’s degrees in robotics and in artificial intelligence. A citizen of the Cherokee Nation, Wilson grew up in Oklahoma and now lives and writes in Portland, Oregon.
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