Bionic Humans, Androids
Subject of UAlbany Lecture
Perkowitz to Speak on Sept.
27 at UAlbany Library’s Fall Science Colloquia
Contact: Michael Parker (518) 437-4980
ALBANY, N.Y. (September 16, 2004) -- Scientist
and writer Sidney Perkowitz, Ph.D. will discuss
his most recent book, Digital
People: From Bionic Humans to Androids
(2004) on Monday, September 27, at 4 p.m. in
the Standish Room, New Library, UAlbany’s uptown
campus. The talk is free and open to the public.
Refreshments will be served at a book signing
after the event.
As scientists draw on nanotechnology, molecular
biology, artificial intelligence, and materials
science, they are learning how to create beings
that move, think, and even look like people.
In his book, Digital People,
Perkowitz examines some of the achievements
of contemporary science and asks what these
achievements mean-now and into the future-for
the human race.
Perkowitz is a professor of physics at Emory
University in Atlanta, Georgia. He current work
involves experimental condensed matter physics.
Perkowitz has written pop-science books about
the history of light (Empire
of Light, 1998) and foam (Universal Foam,
2001). Digital People:
From Bionic Humans to Androids provides
a superb historical overview of artificial beings,
both real and imaginary.
“We are very proud to welcome Sidney Perkowitz
as our first speaker this year for our Science
Colloquia,” said Gregg Sapp, head of the Science
Library. “Dr. Perkowitz’s book has been enthusiastically
reviewed in the New York
Times Review of Books and elsewhere.
Digital People addresses issues we all need
to consider about these new technologies. I
hope the extended campus community comes to
this talk. It promises to be fascinating.”
The Science Colloquia are held every semester.
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