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Chris Bateman: Are You A Good Cyborg?
28/06/2018 | Manchester

The futurists are back with a talk from award winning game designer Chris Bateman. 

“A couple get married after a robot selected them as potential romantic partners. A politician loses an election in the aftermath of an erroneous story widely shared on social media. A teenager is run over as they cross the street while playing an alternative reality game. As humans let computers into ever more aspects of their lives, it becomes clear that there’s no such thing as a ‘neutral tool’ in the internet connected world. We've been living with robots - and acting as cyborgs - for quite some time now. Smartphones, laptops, fitness trackers, social networks, search engines... our world is filled with human-robot pairings, and it’s not always clear which half is pushing the buttons. The virtues of the kind of cyborg we have become must surely depend not only on who we are, but also upon the kinds of robots we use.

Chris Bateman has been writing and designing games since the 16-bit consoles and his fiftieth published game will be whichever launches last out of Tropico 6 or PlayStation VR game The Persistence. He was the first person in the world to attain a doctorate in the aesthetics of play and games, and his work as a philosopher has won praise from Mary Midgley, Kendall Walton, Allen Wood, and Michael Moorcock. His latest book is The Virtuous Cyborg, which asks what the good life might be for humans who are as intimately enmeshed with technology as we all have become."

When? Thursday, June 28th, 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Where? Auto Trader, First Street, Manchester, M15 4FN
Tickets? Free, available through link below

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