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Has science-fiction replaced philosophy as the ultimate guide to human existence? Which technologies pose the largest risk? What’s the bigger threat to humanity: A.I. or humanity itself?

With Davide Bennato, Siobhan O’Flynn, Isabel Pedersen, and Barry Vacker. Moderator: Luca De Biase, journalist, writer and blogger (Sole24Ore)

In conjunction with Media Ethics MEA2019, the Italian Cultural Institute in Toronto will host the Black Mirror Night, a special event and panel discussion about the cult TV series. Please join media theorists and cultural critics for a lively and engaging discussion of Black Mirror and its sci-fi visions of the near-future. Panelists will critically discuss their favorite episodes. Bring your questions and comments! Refreshments will be provided.

DAVIDE BENNATO is the editor of Black Mirror. Distopia e antropologia digitale (Black Mirror. Dystopia and digital anthropology, 2018) and his works are at the crossroads of social science, digital media and ethics of technology and big data. Bennato, Ph.D. in Communication Sciences, is an associate professor in the Department of Humanities at the University of Catania and he is a member of the board of professors of the Ph.D. in Complex Systems for Physical, Socio-economic and Life Sciences at the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

SIOBHAN O'FLYNN, University of Toronto, digital humanist, has nearly two decades industry experience on interactive storytelling, digital media, and experience design, including consulting for the National Film Board of Canada, The Canadian Film Centre’s Media Lab, and many independent producers working in VR, gaming, and interactive cinema. Her academic research now focuses on how big tech and entertainment conglomerates treat children’s data. Her most recent paper “Data Science, Disney, and the Future of Entertainment” will be followed by her examination of Netflix’s recommendation system.

ISABEL PEDERSEN is Canada Research Chair in Digital Life, Media, and Culture and an Associate Professor at Ontario Tech University. She founded Decimal Lab, a digital culture and media lab. She explores embodied computing within global technology shifts including the adoption of Artificial Intelligence and humanoid robots. She is the author of Ready to Wear: A Rhetoric of Wearable Computers and Reality-Shifting Media (2013).

BARRY VACKER is the co-editor of Black Mirror and Critical Media Theory (2019, with Angela Cirucci). Other recent books include the third edition of the textbook anthology Media Environments (2019) and Specter of the Monolith (2017), a critical space philosophy inspired by 2001: A Space Odyssey. Vacker teaches media studies at Temple University (Philadelphia), where he is an associate professor in the Klein College of Media and Communication.

Presented by:
Media Ethics: Human Ecology in a Connected World (International Conference) www.mediaethics.ca

In partnership with:
The Italian Cultural Institute, Toronto

The event is free and open to the public (registration required)*.
*It is our policy to overbook. In case of a full program, your ticket reservation may not guarantee admission. We recommend you arrive early.


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