MAXforum: Bodies of Intelligence

Featuring Annie Murphy Paul and Annie Dorsen

First, best-selling author and viral ted-talk speaker Annie Murphy Paul will give you an exclusive look at her research into human cognition as a networked and profoundly embodied process. Then MacArthur and Guggenhiem grant-winning theater director, Annie Dorsen, gets honest about what it’s been like to work with her new collaborator—a Generative Pre-trained Transformer 3 (GPT-3), a disembodied machine trained to generate realistic human text.



Artist Profile

Annie Dorsen

Annie Dorsen is a theater director working at the intersection of algorithmic art and live performance. Her most recent project, Infinite Sun, is an algorithmic sound installation commissioned by the Sharjah Biennial 14 (2019). Previous performance projects include The Great Outdoors (2017), Yesterday Tomorrow (2015), A Piece of Work (2013), Spokaoke (2012), and Hello Hi There (2010). These pieces have been presented at numerous theatres and festivals world-wide, including at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (New York), Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), the steirischer herbst festival (Graz), the Holland Festival (Amsterdam), and the Festival d’Automne (Paris).

Artist Profile

Annie Murphy Paul

Annie Murphy Paul is an acclaimed science writer whose work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Scientific American, and The Best American Science Writing, among many other publications. Her latest book is The Extended Mind: The Power of Thinking Outside the Brain, published in June of 2021 and selected as an “Editors’ Choice” by the New York Times Book Review. She is also the author of Origins, published in 2010, and The Cult of Personality, published in 2004. Her TED Talk, “What We Learn Before We’re Born,” has been viewed more than 2.6 million times. Paul is a recipient of the Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellowship, the Spencer Education Journalism Fellowship, and the Bernard L. Schwartz Fellowship at New America. A graduate of Yale University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, she is currently a Learning Sciences Exchange Fellow at New America.