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Imagining A.I.: Vauhini Vara

  • 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 17, 2023
  • Time: 4:30 PM Craft Talk, 7:30 PM Reading/Q&A
  • Price: Free
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    Vauhini Vara

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

    7:30 p.m. — Reading/Q&A, Multi-Purpose Room, Campus Center West Addition

    Vauhini Vara is a novelist and technology journalist who covered the rise of artificial intelligence for the Wall Street Journal. She was named a 2023 Pulitzer Prize finalist for her sci-fi/dystopian novel, The Immortal King Rao. Born into a family of Dalit coconut farmers in India in the 1950s, King Rao, the novel’s protagonist, becomes the most accomplished tech CEO in the world and, eventually, the leader of a global, corporate-led government. The New York Times reviewer called it, “a monumental achievement: beautiful and brilliant, heartbreaking and wise.” Vara is also the author of a new book of short stories, This Is Salvaged (Sept. 2023).

    Cosponsored by UAlbany’s Department of Information Sciences and Technology (CEHC). 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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