The Perils of Prometheus: Ethics in Science and Film

Filmmakers have long been attracted to the moral realm surrounding discoveries in science and technology. Stories about atomic power, the building of machines, advances in genetics and artificial intelligence, or simply inventions that give us new capabilities, all have the potential to ask moral and philosophical questions about our world. But how does real science work through those same questions—in real time and under a multitude of constraints and pressures? This panel of filmmakers and scientists, supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, examines issues of knowledge and ethics in the science that has changed, and will change, our lives.


Ann Druyan
John Underkoffler
Marvin Minsky
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