Are We Going to Live Forever?

Since the beginning of time, humans have seeked an answer to the question, "Are we going to live forever?" but have come up short. Now, the answer may lie at the intersection of art and science.

From the Twilight Zone and Star Trek to George Orwell’s 1984, artists have been helping us imagine artificial intelligence (AI) for decades. Today, technology has caught up with what artists have been dreaming up, and AI is already transforming the way we live, work, and play.

On April 13, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and Illinois Humanities will host a discussion covering the promises and perils of AI in art, science, national security, theology and tech. A panel of experts will provide their insights on man vs. machine, job-taking robots, national security concerns and more: 

  • Rachel Bronson—Executive Director and Publisher, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
  • Pete Beckman—Co-Director, Northwestern University-Argonne National Laboratory Institute for Science and Technology
  • Eduardo Kac—Professor, Art and Technology Studies, SAIC
  • Malcolm MacIver—Professor, Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University
  • Christophe D. Ringer—Assistant Professor, Theological Ethics and Society, Chicago Theological Seminary
  • Moderated by Raja Halwani—Professor, Philosophy, SAIC

Find out more and register to attend at