FLEFF 2023: Roundtable on Artificial Intelligence (AI)

By Patricia Zimmermann, March 28, 2023

This roundtable asks how artificial intelligence has disturbed our worlds. It ponders how do we think about the resets, rethinkings, and rewirings it unleashes? What is it? How does it work? What are the implications for life as we used to live it?


Artificial Intelligence (AI )is ubiquitous: advanced search engines, recommendation systems on Netflix, Siri, Alexa, facial recognition, search algorithms, drones, self-driving cars, smart traffic lights, Chat GPT ,Dall-E, NightCafe, Dream Studio, ArtBreeder and more.

AI is met with equal parts optimism and despair. AI might make some work easier, but it might/will eliminate jobs. AI might propel floods of plagiarism on campuses, but it might present new meta-thinking.

Roundtable on How AI Disturbs the World

This roundtable features new media scholar Heidi Cooley and philosopher Craig Duncan, both contributing writers toThe Edge, in conversation about the disturbances, disruptions, resets, and possibilities as AI rewires our worlds.

Thursday, March 30
5: 30 p.m.
Textor 101
Ithaca College campus


Heidi Cooley, University of Texas-Dallas

Craig Duncan, Ithaca College


Raza Rumi, Director, Park Center for Independent Media

Cosponsored by the Park Center for Independent Media and The Edge

Heidi Rae Cooley is an associate professor in the School of Arts, Humanities and Technology at the University of Texas at Dallas. At UT Dallas, she serves as co-director of the Public Interactives Research Lab and is an ArtSci Lab affiliate.

She is author of Finding Augusta: Habits of Mobility and Governance in the Digital Era (2014)which was awarded the 2015 Anne Friedberg Innovative Scholarship award from the Society of Cinema and Media Studies.

She is a founding member and associate editor of Interactive Film and Media Journal. She is a contributing writer for The Edge

Craig Duncan is a professor of philosophy at Ithaca College and Chair of the Department of Philosophy & Religion, with specialties in political philosophy, ethics, and the philosophy of religion. He also is the Coordinator of the Legal Studies Program at Ithaca College. In addition to authoring various journal articles, he is the co-author with Tibor Machan of Libertarianism: For and Against (2005); he wrote the “Against” half of the book! 



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