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Imagining A.I.: Alexander Weinstein

  • Presented By: New York State Writers Institute Location: New York State Writers Institute UAlbany Campus Center West Addition, 1400 Washinton Ave, Albany, NY 12203 Albany, NY 12203
  • Dates: October 19, 2023
  • Time: 4:30 PM Craft Talk, 7:30 PM Film Screening/Q&A
  • Price: Free
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    Alexander Weinstein

    4:30 p.m. — Craft Talk, Multi-Purpose Room, Campus Center West Addition


    7:30 p.m. — Film Screening and Q&A with Alexander Weinstein, Multi-Purpose Room, Campus Center West Addition

    Alexander Weinstein is the author of the short story collections, Universal Love (2020) and Children of the New World (2016), which was chosen as one of the New York Times "100 Notable Books of the Year" and a best book of the year by NPR, Google, and Electric Literature. Emily St. John Mandel called Children of the New World, “A darkly mesmerizing, fearless, and exquisitely written work. Stunning, harrowing, and brilliantly imagined.”


    (United States, 2021, 96 minutes, color, rated PG) Directed by Kogonada. Starring Colin Farrell, Jodie Turner-Smith.

    Alexander Weinstein’s short story, “Saying Goodbye to Yang,” from the collection Children of the New World, provides the basis of this film set in a near-future of artificial intelligence, social media implants, memory manufacturers, dangerously immersive virtual reality games, and alarmingly intuitive robots. A family reckons with questions of love, connection, and loss after their A.I. helper, Yang, unexpectedly breaks down.

    Cosponsored by the University at Albany Foundation, UAlbany’s Department of Africana Studies, School of Business, Office of Student Affairs, Office of Intercultural Student Engagement, Dr. Leonard Slade Jr., and the Department of Information Sciences and Technology (CEHC).

    Also in association with the University at Albany’s “Research & Entrepreneurship Week,” a series of events highlighting AI Plus— UAlbany’s new holistic approach to integrating teaching and learning about AI across our academic and research programs. For more information visit https://www.albany.edu/ai-plus

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