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Film and Discussion – “Her”
Sat October 4, 2014 @ 19:30 – 22:30
Her (2013) [Cert 15]
In Spike Jonze’s recent film, a man and his computer fall in love. It’s science fiction, but you won’t find any spaceships or eye-popping special effects here – just a simple question: What would it take to convince you that a computer programme is sophisticated enough to be conscious? And beyond that, what would it take to convince you that it could not only think, but feel as well? At this screening, we will discuss what scientists know about consciousness, what it is and how we decide who has (and doesn’t have) it.
David Carmel is a lecturer in psychology at the University of Edinburgh. Before arriving in Edinburgh in 2012, he was a post-doctoral research scientist at the Centre for Neural Sciences, New York University. He works on foundational issues in cognitive science, and in particular on the neuroscience of consciousness and perceptual awareness.
Tickets are free, but any donations on the night are welcomed. The event is hosted by Moorflix and Edinburgh University.