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Dennis Yi Tenen - Literary Theory for Robots: How Computers Learned to Write

April 17, 2024
6:15 PM - 7:45 PM
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Online and in-person: Heyman Center (Second Floor Common Room), Columbia University, New York

Event Description

Literary Theory for Robots: How Computers Learned to Write reveals the hidden history of modern machine intelligence, taking readers on a spellbinding journey from medieval Arabic philosophy to visions of a universal language, past Hollywood fiction factories and missile defense systems trained on Russian folktales. In this provocative reflection on the shared pasts of literature and computer science, Dennis Yi Tenen provides crucial context for recent developments in AI, which holds important lessons for the future of humans living with smart technology.

Event Speaker

Dennis Yi Tenen, Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University

Event Information

Free and open to the public; registration required for in-person and online attendance. For more information, please visit the event webpage or email [email protected]. Please visit the Heyman’s Center website for directions. 

Hosted by the Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University.