AI 2041: Ten Visions for Our Future : A Panel Discussion

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2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Virtual Event

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Various speakers



AI 2041: Ten Visions for Our Future presents the joint effort of AI expert Kai-Fu Lee and Speculative Fiction writer Chen Qiufan (A.K.A. Stanley Chan). It epitomizes the pioneering collaboration between scientists, leading technology company, and internationally acclaimed writer. While some praise its innovative blending of storytelling and the prophecy of technological breakthrough, other criticises the basis of such collaboration is an act of deliberately promoting techno-utopia and rationalizing the operation of data exploitation.

In this event, Chen Qiufan, co-author for AI 2041 , will join a panel discussion with another three panellists who work on Chinese science fiction and Chinese literature: Dr Paola Iovene, Dr Virginia Conn, and Ms. Mia Chen Ma. The panel will be moderated by Dr Xiaoning Lu, and will strive to provide a transdisciplinary reading of recent Chinese literary and cultural productions. Their discussions will address a range of topics, including but not limited to, AI technology and human society, authorship, collaboration, identity fluidity, and science fiction realism, etc.


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AI 2041: Ten Visions for Our Future

About the speakers

Chen Qiufan (a.k.a. Stanley Chan) is an award-winning science fiction author, translator and curator. He is the author of Waste Tide (2019), one of The Guardian’s best science fiction books of 2019 and a Locus Awards Best New Novel finalist, and co-author of AI 2041: Ten Visions for Our Future . See his Ted Talk here .

Dr Paola Iovene , Associate Professor in Chinese Literature, East Asian Languages and Civilizations at University of Chicago, author of Tales of Futures Past: Literature and Anticipation in Contemporary China (Stanford University Press, 2014) and co-editor of Sound Alignments: Popular Music in Asia's Cold Wars (Duke University Press, 2021).

Dr Virginia Conn , Lecturer at Stevens Institute of Technology and managing editor at SFRA Review (Science Fiction Research Association Review). Her recent review on AI 2041 entitled “The Tyranny of Neutrality in ‘AI 2041’” can be found here .

Ms. Mia Chen Ma , PhD Candidate at Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, SOAS University of London.

Moderator: Dr Xiaoning Lu , Reader in Modern Chinese Culture and Language, SOAS University of London.


This webinar will take place online via Zoom. Click here to register.

Organiser: SOAS China Institute

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