Author talk: Grant Sheehan - The Making of ‘Does Ava Dream?'

12:00 pm
12:30 pm
Unity Books
57 Willis Street
Wellington

Join us in-store or on facebook live https://www.facebook.com/unitybooks/posts/3272704246093428 12pm Thurs 11 June to hear Grant Sheehan discuss 'The Making of ‘Does Ava Dream?'. His new book tells the story behind the creation of Sheehan’s single edition metal book 'Does Ava Dream?' ­which is about how an artificially intelligent species could develop dreaming, with striking visualisations of what those dreams might look like.

Post the production of Sheehan’s unique metal book, he investigates – in this multi-faceted paper book – the ever-closing gap between science fiction and science fact, focusing on the contentious subject of Artificial Intelligence. Sheehan postulates that a near-future artificial general intelligence – artificial neural network or synthetic Blue Brain-equipped –might develop the ability to dream.

He discusses human dreaming and the idea, likelihood and implications of machine dreaming. His dream theorising ends with a futuristic in-depth interview with Avery, the world’s first conscious AGI (Artificial General Intelligence).

Avery’s insights, although imaginary, are a sentient forecast of what may lie ahead for we humans.