Talking Technophobia in Film: Ex Machina – Fri 8/2 at 7pm

“Be afraid. Be very afraid.” From the very beginning, Hollywood movies have offered a frightening reflection of our deep fear of technology, its effects, and sinister implications. Time-traveling terminators, resurrected dinosaurs, alien invasions, and virtual prisons all give us a sense of just how terrified Hollywood writers, directors, and producers think we are (or should be).

In this class we will investigate popular, pivotal movies and discuss their fears, warnings, and possible solutions to this ever-increasing cultural technophobia. Discussion topics will include: “the mad scientist and you,” “ghosts in the machines,” “malfunctioning machinations,” “risks and rewards,” and “the power of human ingenuity.” 

Friday August 2nd at 7:00pm

Our next class will cover the 2014 sci-fi-horror film, Ex Machina (Garland), and touch upon the many conflicts with technology, ethics of artificial intelligence, and surveillance.
We will discuss themes including “fate vs. choice,” post-modern mad scientists, and the pitfalls of dating a robot.

Click HERE to register for this free class at LMCTV,
space is limited.