Recordings of Talks/Presentations

“The idea of the autonomous robot disguises all the human labour behind it” (Dec. 16, 2021). Lizzie Wright spoke to Professor Teresa Heffernan about the relationship between robot fictions and real-life robots, the films Wall-E and Ex Machina, and the importance of remembering the materiality — and material cost — of technology. This is an edited extract of their conversation. Video available here.

“Robots,” podcast episode 49 (Jan. 28, 2021) of Words to that Effect: Stories of the Fiction that Shapes Popular Culture. Podcast host Conor Reid in conversation with Dr. Robin Murphy (Texas A&M University) and Dr. Teresa Heffernan (Saint Mary’s University). Podcast available here.

In this December 2020 CTV News interview, Bruce Frisko talks with Saint Mary’s University professor Teresa Heffernan, editor of Cyborg Futures: Trans-disciplinary Perspectives on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, about the effects of AI and robotics on our lives today, and the role of beliefs and fictional representations in driving the development of these technologies. Video available here.

“The Ethical Imagination: Humanities vs. A.I.” A talk by Teresa Heffernan at the Ethics of AI in Context workshop, September 17, 2019, hosted by the Ethics of AI Lab (University of Toronto). Video available here.

“The Social Implications of A.I.” Big Thinking panel sponsored by Dalhousie University, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and the Halifax Public Libraries. Halifax Public Library, Halifax, NS. November 14, 2018. Participants included: Teresa Heffernan, Ian Kerr, Fuyuki Kurasawa and Duncan MacIntosh, with Howard Ramos (Dalhousie) as moderator. Video available here.

“Where Science Meets Fiction: Concerns About the A.I Industry.” University of King’s College, Halifax, NS. February 14, 2018. Stan Matwin’s (Dalhousie University) public lecture on the technical, ethical and philosophical issues associated with artificial intelligence (AI) was followed by a response from Teresa Heffernan (Saint Mary’s University). Part of the Automatons: From Ovid to AI lecture series. Video available here.

“Imagining Automatons: Images of Robots in Fiction and Science.” Public Lecture by Teresa Heffernan, January 17, 2018 at University of King’s College, Halifax, NS. Video available here.

“AI/Robots and Our Future.” Public debate, October 19, 2017, Acadia University, Wolfville, NS. Moderator: Ian Wilks (Acadia, Philosophy). Participants: Paul Abela (Acadia, Philosophy), Teresa Heffernan (Saint Mary’s University, English), Stan Matwin (Dalhousie, Computer Science), and Danny Silver (Acadia, Computer Science). Video available here.

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