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Category: Science Fiction

Nature vs Nurture vs The Maze

Machine learning and consciousness in Westworld “Do you realize whose voice I wanted you to hear?” (spoilers for Westworld Season…

Sci-fi and the Human Nature View

One of the reasons for opposing reproductive genetic engineering is the “human nature view,” as described in  “Selecting Children: The…

AI and feminism in Ex Machina

(based on the screening and talk with Allison de Fren and Elena Knox) Why do we tend to imagine robots…

Downsizing the Hype

I am somewhat in love with Matt Damon so of course I went to see Downsizing in theaters as soon…

“Not magic, science”

  Dr. Sun Qiang from the Institute of Neuroscience at the Chinese Academy of Sciences recently visited NYU Shanghai and…

Blog Posts 2 Magic and Technology in Wakanda

Name: Leah (Wenhan) Dou Date: March 11th Marvel’s new movie “Black Panther” was just released in mainland China on March…

“The Shape of Water”, monster in new age

Blog Post February 18 Wenhan (Leah) Dou   Guillermo del Toro’ s new film “The Shape of Water” hit  74th…

Reverse Frankenstein: Creation and feminism in The Fly

“I am an insect who dreamt he was a man and loved it. But now the dream is over, and…

When the “Sexiest Woman Alive” is Actually a Cyborg

You don’t need a fetish for cyborgs to find Scarlett Johansson sexually attractive, but it might help.

Uploading Consciousness: Becoming Post Human

Literary critic and writer N. Katherine Hayles presents an interesting perspective on the discussion of the man’s transcendence beyond mere human….

Philosophy of Technology at NYU Shanghai, a course by Anna Greenspan and Brad Weslake.