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Don’t Believe the Hype: AI in Entertainment Media

How are our perceptions of AI technologies influenced by popular media? Join us for a dynamic and thought-provoking discussion on the blurred, hard lines, and connections between AI hype, portrayals of AI in entertainment media, and reality. Hear perspectives from experts in film, game design, TV, and fan culture in this roundtable moderated by Dr. Sam Baker.

Andrew Augustin is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Arts and Entertainment Technologies department at the University of Texas at Austin. Augustin is a 2D Illustrator and Game Designer with a rich history of conceptualizing and creating notable characters, notably for The Sims 3 Pets. As the founder of Notion Games LLC, he’s launched unique titles like Team Notion and the Super Ubie Island series.

Rakeda L. Ervin is the Director of Community Education at the Austin Film Society, where she oversees the organization’s educational initiatives, including AFS Creative Careers, a workforce development program for emerging creators. She has produced award-winning TV series airing on CNN, VH1, NBC Universal, and A&E networks during her twenty-year career as a writer for broadcast and digital content. 

Geoff Marslett, born in Texas, is an animator, director, writer, producer, and actor. He grew up as a cowboy with an interest in physics and worked both in construction and at the Naval Research Laboratory before becoming a filmmaker. His films often revolve around the romance of connection and the way that exploring your universe changes you and the place you’re exploring.

Suzanne Scott is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair of the Radio-Television-Film department at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of Fake Geek Girls: Fandom, Gender, and the Convergence Culture Industry (New York University Press, 2019).

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