The Longform Society
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In our first meeting of the Longform Society we’ll read a selection of compelling, entertaining and occasionally terrifying pieces on the subject of robots and artificial intelligence.
Will humans have moral obligations to robots? Are we guilty of ‘origin chauvinism’ if we believe only natural phenomena can exhibit consciousness? And is this line of thinking a sinister cousin to racism? What’s the definition of moral agency with regards to driverless cars and lethal autonomous weapons? How might artificial intelligence mitigate human suffering?
The Longform Society will discuss these questions – and the context in which brilliant writers have posed them – at this inaugural club session, taking place in a live event at the Wheeler Centre that will also be streamed live from this page. #longformsociety
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Sophie Cunningham is the author of five books, the most recent of which is City of Trees: Essays on Life, Death & the Need for a Forest. She is a former publisher, former editor of Meanjin, former Chair of the Literature Board of the Australia Council and was a co-founder of The Stella Prize. She is an Adjunct Professor with RMIT's Non/fiction lab.
Mel Campbell is a freelance journalist and critic who co-hosts the fortnightly literature and culture podcast The Rereaders. She is a columnist on writing at Overland magazine, and a university lecturer and writer-for-hire on film, TV and media. Her first book was the nonfiction investigation Out of Shape: Debunking Myths about Fashion and Fit (2013), and she’s currently co-writing a second romantic comedy novel with Anthony Morris; their first was The Hot Guy (2017).
Jeff Sparrow is a writer, editor and broadcaster. His most recent book is No Way But This: In Search of Paul Robeson. He writes a fortnightly column for the Guardian, is part of the Breakfasters team on 3RRR each week day morning and is also an Honorary Fellow at Victoria University.
Rafael Epstein is a journalist who has worked in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Timor, Indonesia, Europe and the Middle East.
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The Longform Society is a reading club for lovers of the essay form. It's new, it's nerdy, it's nourishment for your brain.
Before each meeting of the society, we’ll email members a collection of outstanding essays grouped around a thought-provoking issue. Our host, Sophie Cunningham, and a panel of three writers will rigorously examine the arguments put forward by each piece – and the philosophical, social, economic or political implications.
We’ll be live-streaming all meetings of Longform Society on this page – so you can indulge in longform, long distance. Are you in for the long haul?
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