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James Barrat: The Liberal Arts and the Art of the Documentary

Documentary filmmaker and author James Barrat ’83 has written and directed films on Afghanistan, lost gospels, ancient tombs and great castles for National Geographic, PBS, Discovery Channel and other broadcasters in the USA and Europe. He is author of the recently published Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era. The book explores how the pursuit of advanced artificial intelligence (AI) challenges our existence with machines that won’t love us or hate us, but whose indifference could spell our doom.

At 11:05 a.m. in Lilly Family Gallery, Barrat will show clips from and speak about his documentary filmmaking in the talk, “The Liberal Arts and the Art of the Documentary.”

At 7 p.m. in Hance Auditorium, he will delve into the practical, ethical and philosophical implications of the unrestricted pursuit of artificial intelligence in his talk, “The Question of Our Time: Can We Share Our World with Smarter-Than-Human Machines?”

Barrat's visit is sponsored by the Math and Computer Science Department, the Philosophy Department, the ITS Department and the Digital Studies Program. 

Read about James Barrat.


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