October 9, 2011 - 7:00 PM
Delancey Street Screening Room
600 The Embarcadero
Brown Paper Tickets
Co-presented by the Bay Area Science Festival
Can a machine be more human than a human? What, exactly, makes us “human” and how does language factor into this? Author and poet Brian Christian tackles this very contemporary philosophical question in his book The Most Human Human: What Talking With Computers Teaches Us What It Means to Be Alive. Litquake brings Christian to San Francisco for a conversation with Wired editor Thomas Goetz.
Drawing on a range of disciplines, this conversation between Christian—a bestselling nonfiction author and poet who has appeared on The Daily Show and more—and Wired magazine editor and author Thomas Goetz, explores how discoveries in computer science, genomics, and neuroscience are influencing our understanding of uniquely human characteristics.
For more about the authors and the subject:
- Read an interview with Christian in The Paris Review
- See him talk artificial intelligence on Charlie Rose
- Read the Litquake Interview with Christian
- Watch Thomas Goetz discuss personalized medicine at Book Passage
- Download a podcast of the introduction to Goetz’s book The Decision Tree: Navigating the Future of Healthcare
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