Illah Nourbakhsh, Professor of Robotics at CMU and Director of Pittsburgh’s CREATE Lab, asks us to consider: “What if we become so manipulable… that we’re the robots?” Nourbakhsh will pose this and other provocative questions at The Andy Warhol Museum in this interdisciplinary triple bill that brings literature, philosophy, and technology studies together to consider the human as an agent of mimicry and self-alienation by way of – and despite – technological advances.
Illah Nourbakhsh will be joined by Christopher Fynsk, Maurice Blanchot Chair and Dean of the Philosophy and Critical Theory Division of the European Graduate School, and Ursula Heise, Professor of Literary Studies at UCLA and co-founder of its Lab for Environmental Narrative Strategies (LENS).
The lecture, What Counts As Human? will be held on Friday, March 10, at 7:00 pm at The Warhol Theater of The Andy Warhol Museum. This performance is co-presented with Carnegie Nexus as part of the series Strange Times: Earth in the Age of the Human. This lecture is free with limited seating. Registration is required. For more information, or to register, visit the What Counts as Human? event page.