"What Happens When Robots Write?" Bill Hart-Davidson, Michigan State University

September 24, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Gerber Lounge, 304 EPB

Did a robot write this blurb? How might we know? And most importantly, can we live, together, with robots who write? In this talk, Bill Hart-Davidson, Associate Professor and Senior Researcher in the Writing in Digital Environments Research Center and Associate Dean for Graduate Education at Michigan State University, will address that last question to those of us who make our living by reading and writing, and teaching others to read, write and speak well, ethically, with grace and creativity, with purpose and with keen attention to who we influence and how. He'll focus on the accelerating drive to automate the writing process—particularly in digital networks—not only to increase efficiency, but to magnify influence. Drawing on examples from his scholarship in the arenas of education, health care, statecraft and warfare, he will suggest some practical and ethical guidelines for the ways humanists might live, together, with robots that write.

Hosted by the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies and co-sponsored by the English Department.

For more information on this event please visit: https://obermann.uiowa.edu/events/what-happens-when-robots-write-—-talk-bill-hart-davidson

Free and open to all