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The Spawn Of Frankenstein

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Thursday, Feb 2 2017 from 3:00 pm to 5:40 pm
New America
740 15th St NW #900, Washington, DC (map)

No work of literature has done more to shape the way people think about science and its moral consequences than Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Frankenstein. Today, almost two centuries after the novel's publication, advances in artificial intelligence, genetic engineering, robotics, and many other fields demonstrate the enduring salience of Frankenstein's themes.

Why are we still talking about Frankenstein? And what do we still have to learn from Victor Frankenstein and his creature, at a time when our scientific and technological capabilities make the novel’s premise of creating life in the lab more plausible than ever? 

Join us on Thursday, February 2, in Washington, D.C., to discuss the legacy of Shelley’s Frankenstein and how the novel continues to influence the way that we confront emerging technologies, understand the complex relationships between creators and their creations, and weigh the benefits of innovation with its unforeseen pitfalls. 

Happy hour to follow. 

Future Tense is a partnership of Slate , New America , and Arizona State University .

New America is a think tank and civic enterprise committed to renewing American politics,...


Ed Finn
Director, Center for Science and the Imagination
Nancy Kress
Science Fiction Writer
Josephine Johnston
Lux Capital
Director of Research and Research Scholar
Patric M Verrone
Lux Capital
Writer and producer
Samuel Arbesman
Lux Capital
Scientist in Residence


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