DATE: Friday, June 12, 2009
TIME: 8:00 PM-9:30 PM
VENUE: 92nd Street Y
MODERATOR: Faith Salie
PARTICIPANTS: Hod Lipson, Kevin Warwick, Mary McDonnell, Michael Hogan

Cast members from Battlestar Galactica join leading roboticists to explore scientifically, philosophically, and ethically the approaching frontier where intelligent machines are commonplace and cybernetic technology enhances human capabilities. Featuring sneak previews from the forthcoming Battlestar special The Plan as well as live appearances by some of the show’s star cylons.

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Author, Journalist, Comedian

Faith Salie is an Emmy-winning contributor to CBS News Sunday Morning and a panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me! Her first book, Approval Junkie, was just published by Crown and chronicles her meaningful/embarrassing lifelong quest for validation. She is a host of the PBS and show, Science Goes to the Movies. Salie is a Rhodes scholar whose classmates went on to become governors and Pulitzer Prize winners, while she landed on a Star Trek collectible trading card worth hundreds of cents.




Hod Lipson; Cornell University

The creator of several “self-aware” robots, Hod Lipson’s research in evolutionary robotics focuses primarily on the application of biologically inspired approaches to engineering challenges, such as machine self-replication and programmable self-assembly. He directs the Creative Machines Lab at Cornell University’s School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering and Computing & Information Science.

kevin warwick

Kevin Warwick is Professor of Cybernetics at the University of Reading in England. Warwick works in robotics and artificial intelligence and recently designed an intelligent deep brain stimulator to treat Parkinson’s Disease. Best known for his pioneering research with implants, including experimentation on himself which led to him being called the ‘World’s First Cyborg.’


Mary McDonnell is an academy award nominated actress. She plays President Laura Roslin in Battlestar Galactica and more recently Dr. Virginia Dixon in Grey’s Anatomy. Her other screen credits include Grand Canyon, Sneakers, Independence Day and Donnie Darko. McDonnell’s stage credits include Broadway productions of Execution of Justice, The Heidi Chronicles, and Summer and Smoke.


Michael Hogan played Colonel Saul Tigh in Battlestar Galactica. With more than thirty years experience working on stage and screen, he is also a recurring character in The L Word and has guested on such series as Millennium, The Outer Limits, Cold Squad, X Files and Monk.