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Artificial intelligences in Star Trek

Where technology is involved, computers are not far away and therefore artificial intelligences are within reach. Analogous to their real-life development, their depictions in film and TV are also changing – of course, in Star Trek as well. They appear as alien probes, robots, androids and holograms, take over ship systems and, like Zora from Discovery, become a system themselves that is far more than just a program.

Some of these intelligences are endowed with emotions, have their own consciousness. Others are distinguished by a lack of empathy as their personal weak point in an otherwise seemingly perfect system. Artificial intelligences are also holograms like the Doctor in Star Trek: Voyager, who evolves more and more and who in turn meets other holograms that have developed their very own forms of existence. Or they run their own virtual nightclub in a holosuite on Deep Space Nine like Vic Fontaine.

This lecture is a cross-section of all movies and series of the Star Trek universe and classifies the respective representations of artificial intelligences historically and compares them with current scientific theses on the formation of artificial intelligences and their possible learning abilities.

Lecturer: Dr. Rebecca Haar
Duration: 60 min  -  The Lecture will be held in: german
Dr. Rebecca Haar is a literature and media scholar who has always had a penchant for science fiction. She has specialized in simulation and virtual worlds, which was also reflected in her dissertation published in 2019, which deals, among other things, with the question of how perception changes when virtual worlds and reality increasingly overlap, even in everyday life. Of course, between cyberspace, the metaverse and the matrix, one or the other holodeck can also be found there.

For some time now, Rebecca Haar has also been giving lectures in which she links literary and cultural studies with popular culture, especially comics, Star Trek and Doctor Who. In addition to conferences at universities, she has also spoken at conventions and festivals, including FedCon in Bonn, TimeLash in Kassel, and the Dragon Days fantasy festival in Stuttgart. Currently, she is working on a non-fiction book about Star Trek, among other things.

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