Join Lauren Marie Taylor, Tim Anderson, Chacha Sikes, and Keith Pasko from Southern Exposure neighbor Otherlab in a discussion about their current explorations and the state of robotics today.
As hacking becomes a ubiquitous way to engage with any form of technology and coding becomes a second language that all children learn, what can we understand about the ways that we will relate to machines as humans, as autonomous beings and as objects? What do roboticists think we should we know and what should we learn about machines?
This event is being hosted in conjunction with Lauren Marie Taylor's solo exhibition No Man’s Land, on view through June 6th. No Man's Land looks to science fiction and the history of heroic robots to explore the ways in which our machines reflect and embody our personal and national baggage. Between 1961 and 1965, the United States commemorated the Civil War Centennial. During this time Ray Bradbury, Philip K. Dick and Walt Disney each created an Abraham Lincoln robot. On the eve of an emergent technology and in the midst of a civil rights revolution, they sought to answer the questions, “What is a man?” and "What is a machine?". Fifty years later, these questions remain as resonant as ever.