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Frankenstein’s Legacy: Four Conversations about A.I., Machine Learning, and the Modern World Released

The ETC Press is proud to announce the release of its first original single, Frankenstein’s Legacy: Four Conversations about Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and the Modern World.

This project is a collaboration between Carnegie Mellon University’s ETC Press, dSHARP, and the Carnegie Mellon University Libraries in collaboration with the Alumni Association’s CMUThink program. And Frankenstein’s Legacy is part of a university-wide series celebrating the two-hundredth anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. This book project specifically sprung from the panel Frankenstein 200: Perils and Potential panel hosted by Digital Scholarship Strategist Rikk Mulligan.

Each of the panel participants — Jeffrey Bigham, David Danks, Barry Luokkala, and Molly Wright Steenson — sat down with ETC Editor Brad King for wide-ranging discussions about artificial intelligence, machine learning, and the impact of these technologies on the world in which we live. Those conversations were edited into the manuscript that you’re now reading.

The book — part of the ETC Press “In Conversation With” series — is a conversational examination and explanation of some of some of the most powerful technological tools in our society.

About Carnegie Mellon University’s ETC Press

ETC Press is a publishing imprint with a twist. We publish books, but we’re also interested in the participatory future of content creation across multiple media. We are an academic, open source, multimedia, publishing imprint affiliated with the Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and in partnership with Lulu.com.

ETC Press publications will focus on issues revolving around entertainment technologies as they are applied across a variety of fields. Authors publishing with ETC Press retain ownership of their intellectual property. ETC Press publishes a version of the text with author permission and ETC Press publications will be released under Creative Commons licenses. Every text is available for free download, and we price our titles as inexpensively as possible because we want people to have access to them. We’re most interested in the sharing and spreading of ideas.

About CMU’s Entertainment Technology Center

The ETC is the premiere professional graduate program for interactive entertainment as it’s applied across a variety of fields. Our unique, two-year, Master of Entertainment Technology (MET) degree is jointly conferred by Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science and the College of Fine Arts.

The ETC was founded in 1998 with Randy Pausch and Don Marinelli as the co-directors. The faculty and staff worked together to articulate our academic mission which focuses on educational goals and creative development. And we also created an R&D Agenda exploring transformational games, innovation by design and interactive storytelling. Throughout, we work to prepare students to graduate as creative professionals.