This week, writer Alexander Weinstein (author of Children of the New World and Universal Love) visits Michigan Tech for two ROBOT101 events.
On Tuesday, October 4 at 7pm in the Rozsa Center, the 2022 film After Yang will be shown, followed by a discussion by Weinstein, whose story “Saying Goodbye to Yang” was the inspiration for the film. Admission is free, and all are welcome.
Weinstein will give an additional talk on Wednesday, October 5 at noon in the Library East Reading Room. Lunch will be provided. Virtual attendance via Zoom webinar is also available — check the events calendar for details.
Film screening: After Yang
“When his young daughter’s beloved companion — an android named Yang — malfunctions, Jake (Colin Farrell) searches for a way to repair him. In the process, Jake discovers the life that has been passing in front of him, reconnecting with his wife (Jodie Turner-Smith) and daughter across a distance he didn’t know was there.”
Post-performance discussion: Alexander Weinstein (Siena Heights University), author of the story “Saying Goodbye to Yang” that inspired After Yang
Robots, Compassion, Love, and Human Resilience in the Technological Hyper-Age
Invited talk: Alexander Weinstein (Siena Heights University)
Author Alexander Weinstein will discuss how speculative fiction can help us make sense of our dystopian realities, the dangerous allure of robots and AI, and the ways that he uses real life experiences to inform the futuristic landscapes of his fiction.