Do Otaku Dream of Electric Sheep?

  • September 25, 2009 · 7:00 PM

Do Otaku Dream of Electric Sheep? It would be safe to say that Karl F. MacDorman the head of the Android Studies department at IUPUI (the only such program in America) is one of the foremost experts in the field of robotics and in how to integrate them seamlessly into society. He is working to bridge the gap between robots and humans and to both allay and study the fear and apprehension we associate with robotic science. He has also published a paper that challenges the assumption that the Japanese are more amiable towards the idea of robots integrated into society despite their prevalence there. In the end it proves to be a human condition and dilemma more than just a national perception. This is where our title comes from, Do Otaku Dream of Electric Sheep? We will of course be showing some classic titles of the Mecha genre. Showcasing the dueling ideals of humanities interaction with robots and the integration of robotic technology into the human body: cybernetics, exo suits, bipedal mobile suits, androids, and human consciousness implanted in cybernetic bodies. There is such a wealth of futuristic visions to draw from with complex narratives, beautiful imagery, and nonstop action and suspense. (hint Mamoro Oshii is behind them ^-^) A question and answer session will accompany the discussion after the films, for a true blending of science fiction and scientific fact.

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  • Yuki S.

    The speaker did an excellent job. He is obviously very qualified and a super presenter.

    I'm surprised at the low turn-out. with 15-16 confirmed yes answers, we got maybe half of that plus others who never RSVP'd but did show up.

    One thing I'd have recommended was to have turned up the lights after the presentation. I never really got to see the lecturer's face :/

    September 26, 2009

  • Gabriel C.

    I think this may qualify as one of the most interesting meetups we have done so far. Some technical hiccups and I apologize for any delay that may have occurred because of my late arrival. I enjoyed the talk, the company, and any excuse for ghost in the shell is great.

    September 25, 2009

  • Lysander

    This is actually on Anthony's birthday, I just noticed. No worries, we'll both be there ^_^

    September 21, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    If I had the chance to replace a organ I would replace my eyes. It wouldn't be so I could see super far away or have night vision or anything like that, but so i don't have to ware glasses anymore. It would be neat to be able to change the look of my iris when I feel like it though.

    September 19, 2009

  • Gabriel C.

    I'm very sorry to hear that Richard. The Change up was not something we expected, we wanted to make the change as soon as possible as we are already within two weeks of the meetup. We just received the news on the 11th along with Karl?s apologies at such a late cancellation.
    I also wish to apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused, however we will be having another screening in its place, again its free, and we will continue to offer unique programming, this is only a brief setback.

    August 13, 2009

  • Richard

    Isn't this Friday Aug 28th?
    and I'll not be able to attend because of this change, sorry!

    August 13, 2009

  • Lysander

    I think this particular meetup will be moved back a bit, maybe even to November, and we'll be showing Jin-Roh and more Fumoffu on this day instead. Our guest speaker appears to have a back-issue and won't be able to make it on this date. Gabriel will have to update the details and give everyone the specifics. Sorry for the inconvenience, though this won't change anyone's schedules it is a bit of a let-down that we can't watch the GITS Double Feature just yet.

    August 11, 2009

  • Lysander

    Eyes are really the only realistic option though, other than specific organs (which the only reason to 'replace' would be because of necessity rather than desire). I mean, if you replace your arms like Jax the only real reason to do so would be brute strength, and mostly just for fighting. For heavy lifting your legs would collapse under the weight. If you replace just your legs, like for running quickly or jumping crazy high, the rest of you would give out. *shrugs*

    August 8, 2009

  • Gabriel C.

    I wouldn't want any enhancement, but I wouldn't turn down any surgery for a replacement of failing organs if they were cybernetic. We already have pacemakers and jarvik hearts, its hard to know what will be around when the time comes that I or anyone in the group may need one.

    July 22, 2009

  • Tom

    If you could pick a part of your body to replace/modify with robotics what would it be? I might go for some type of eye enhancement or maybe a brain enhancement that allows me to function at an extremely faster rate than normal humans. Perhaps, if I had the cyborg pamphlet on what was available maybe I could make a better educated decision.

    July 7, 2009

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