Robert J. Sawyer on “Webmind”

The Department of Computer Science is hosting a talk by Robert J. Sawyer at the University of Saskatchewan. Here are the particulars:

Department of Computer Science Talk
Speaker: Robert J. Sawyer, Writer in Residence
Canadian Light Source, Saskatoon

Title: Webmind: When the World Wide Web Gains Consciousness

Abstract:
Can the Web wake up once its complexity has equaled or exceeded that of a human brain? What sort of consciousness might emerge under those circumstances? And what will be the impact on humanity when we are no longer the smartest things on the planet? Robert J. Sawyer is one of only seven writers in history — and the only Canadian — to win all three of the world’s top awards for best science-fiction novel of the year: the Hugo (which he won for Hominids), the Nebula (which he won for The Terminal Experiment), and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award (which he won for Mindscan). His just released 18th novel, Wake, details the dawning of consciousness by the World Wide Web. His physical home is in Mississauga, Ontario; online, it’s at: http://sfwriter.com

Date: Thursday, June 11, 2009
Time: 3:30 p.m.,
Place: Thorvaldson 271

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