This course name and description ONLY applies to academic year 2021-2022

ENGL 13186-19: Artificial Intelligences

Instructor: Kate Marshall

In spring 2021, Nobel Prize-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro published Klara and the Sun, a novel featuring an intelligent machine, or “artificial friend” humanoid robot as its protagonist. Ishiguro’s novel asks serious questions about the nature of intelligence in an era of machine learning and automation. In this seminar, students will take up these questions, and look specifically at how we tell stories about technology to answer them. Working with fiction by Ted Chiang and Nnedi Okorafor, representations of AI in television and film from Westworld to Ex Machina, and analyses of the implications of AI and machine learning in cultural and scientific texts, we will debate one of the central issues of contemporary technological life.