Online: Dr. Mark Schenker: Machines Like Me

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Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan

Machines Like Me takes place in an alternative 1980s London. Charlie, drifting through life and dodging full-time employment, is in love with Miranda, a bright student who lives with a terrible secret. When Charlie comes into money, he buys Adam, one of the first synthetic humans and—with Miranda's help—he designs Adam's personality. The near-perfect human that emerges is beautiful, strong, and clever. It isn't long before a love triangle soon forms, and these three beings confront a profound moral dilemma.

Dr. Schenker is recently retired as an associate dean and dean of academic affairs at Yale College. He is embarking on a new series of lectures titled Literature Sessions with Schenker.

This is the first of three lectures by Dr. Schenker on the theme of artificial intelligence in literature. The next two occur on October 16th and 30th.

Please register for each talk separately. You will receive the Zoom link upon registration, and in a reminder the day before.

This lecture is part of the Library's series, AI: Ready or Not, which is made possible by the generosity of the Friends of the Ridgefield Library.


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