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Speculating about Our AI Future

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Thu., January 11 @ 7:00 pm 8:00 pm

Join us for a panel discussion featuring three best-selling science fiction writers: Cory Doctorow, Ken Liu, and Martha Wells. They will discuss the promise, perils, and possible impacts that AI will have on our future, as well as AI in contemporary and future science fiction writing.

Registration is required to attend. Upon registration, you will receive an email from Zoom containing your unique link for the event. If you cannot find the email, check your spam / junk email folders.

About the Panelists

Cory Doctorow is a science fiction author, activist and journalist. He is the author of many books, most recently The Internet Con: How to Seize the Means of Computation, a Big Tech disassembly manual. In 2020, he was inducted into the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame.

Ken Liu is an American author of speculative fiction. A winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards, he wrote the Dandelion Dynasty, The Grace of Kings series, as well as short story collections.  Liu frequently speaks on a variety of topics, including futurism, machine-augmented creativity, history of technology, bookmaking, and the mathematics of origami.

Martha Wells has been a science fiction/fantasy writer since her first fantasy novel was published in 1993. Her work includes The Books of the Raksura series, the Ile-Rien series, The Murderbot Diaries series, and, most recently, Witch King. She has won Nebula Awards, Hugo Awards, and Locus Awards, and her work has appeared on the Philip K. Dick Award ballot, the BSFA Award ballot, and on numerious bestseller lists.


Will this program be recorded?
Yes, with permission from Cory Doctorow, Ken Liu, and Martha Wells for a limited time (14 days). The recording link will be emailed to all Zoom registrants. Though registering on Zoom is the only way to view this ILP event, many others are available on ILP’s YouTube channel.

Will the event be captioned?

This event is made possible by Illinois Libraries Present, a statewide collaboration among public libraries offering premier events. ILP is funded in part by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library, a department of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). ILP is committed to inclusion and accessibility. To request accommodations, please email illinoislibrariespresent@gmail.com

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