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June 2, 2021
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Panel Discussion / Speaker Series
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This panel takes the Future of Work conversation beyond the bromides of today by meditating on yesterday’s visions of our future, as encapsulated by Philip K. Dick’s classic science fiction story “Autofac” and its recent adaptation for Amazon’s “Electric Dreams” video anthology. Participants include Dr. Simone Browne, Associate Professor in the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies, Director of the Good Systems Critical Surveillance Inquiry (CSI) Research Focus Area, and author of Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness; Nitin Verma, an advanced graduate student in the School of Information whose research concerns political and scientific misinformation and the ethical issues raised by machine learning technology; and the celebrated cyberpunk writer and UT graduate Bruce Sterling.

If you’d like to watch the “Electric Dreams” episode, Autofac, you can join us at one of our two screening parties on June 1 at 6:00pm or June 2 at 5:30pm, or watch on your own with Amazon Prime!

Bruce Sterling Science Fiction Writer

In conversation with

Samuel Baker Associate Professor of English, University of Texas at Austin

Simone Browne Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies, University of Texas at Austin

Neville Hoad Associate Professor of English & Co-Director, Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, University of Texas at Austin

Nitin Verma PhD Student in the School of Information, University of Texas at Austin

Relevant Research Clusters: AI and Technology, Artistic Labor and the Humanities

Join via Zoom:

Specific audiences:
  • Texas Law students
  • Prospective students
  • Texas Law alumni
  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • General public
Sponsored by:
  • Bernard & Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights & Justice

If you need an accommodation to participate in this event, please contact the sponsor listed above or the Texas Law Special Events Office at no later than seven business days prior to the event.