Mark O'Connell Profile

To be a Machine Seminar

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 17:30:00 IST

Plotting the Future 

Led by the UCD Humanities Institute, the UCD Institute for Discovery and the UCD Geary Institute for Public Policy, ‘Plotting the Future’ is a public lecture series and forum for debate that explores the urgent question of what it means to be human in the age of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. AI, robotics, autonomous vehicles, drones, 3-D printing, nanotechnology, and biotechnology are revolutionising society. These new technologies are already blurring the lines between the physical, digital, and biological worlds, raising ethical, social and legal concerns. While some commentators celebrate the opportunities of the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution, others foreground the potentially uncontrollable ramifications of what is arguably an unprecedented transformation of the human world.


Mark O'Connell
, Journalist and author

To be a Machine

Date: Thursday, 20 September 2018 @ 5.30pm
 H.204, UCD Humanities Institute


Mark O'Connell is a writer based in Dublin. His book, To Be a Machine: Encounters With a Post-Human Future, was published by Granta (UK & Commonwealth) and Doubleday (US & Canada) in 2017.

He is Slate’s books columnist, a staff writer at The Millions, and a regular contributor to The New Yorker’s “Page-Turner” blog; his work has been published in The New York Times MagazineThe New York Times Book ReviewThe Observer, and The Independent. He is also the author of the Kindle Single Epic Fail: Bad Art, Viral Fame, and the History of the Worst Thing Ever (Byliner/The Millions).

He has a PhD in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin, and in 2013 his academic monograph on the work of the novelist John Banville, John Banville’s Narcissistic Fictions, was published by Palgrave Macmillan. He was an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow from 2011 to 2012 at Trinity College, where he taught contemporary literature.

Please register for the event here.


The talk will be followed by a wine reception.

Mark’s book will be on sale at the event.


All welcome!