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AI for Writers: Roald Dahl, Automata, and Roombas

Ended Jan 26, 2024
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Term: Spring 2024

Date: January 26th, 2024

Time: 10:30am - 11:45am

Location: Shanks 370/380

Instructor: Matthew Vollmer

Presented By: Virginia Tech English Department 



An extremely abbreviated account of humanity's fascination with artificial beings and simulated worlds. From the mythic Greek giant Talos and the mystical Golem of Prague to the automata of The Renaiisance and Roald Dahl's story "The Great Automatic Grammatisator," this presentation connects ancient myths and golden-age science fiction to modern artificial intelligence and robotics (including the lowly Roomba). Discover how AI and robotics are part of a rich continuum rooted in our earliest storytelling traditions.


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