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The Link Between Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and AI


There is an indisputable link between Victor Frankenstein's creation (let's try and veer away from the term monster), and Artificial Intelligence. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's narrative of the modern Prometheus has travelled through time and space, surpassing generations. For me, the classic tale of Frankenstein and his creation is timeless - in the true sense of the word. It cannot be bolted down. Bore from growing scientific circles of the Victorian era and the mind of an intellectually advanced teenage girl, it boasts post-modern sensibilities and futuristic ideals.

Baby named Frankenstein born on Halloween

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Oskar Gray Frankenstein arrived four days past his due date, and joins an older sister who shares a birthday with "Frankenstein" author Mary Shelley. Florida parents Kyle and Jessica Frankenstein welcomed their baby, Oskar Gray Frankenstein, into the world early Tuesday at the Winter Park Memorial Hospital outside of Orlando, WKMG Orlando reported. "He was due four days ago and he decided to wait until Halloween," her grandmother Jennifer Frankenstein told the station. The baby weighed in at six pounds and 9 ounces, and is 20 inches long, The Associated Press reported. Jennifer Frankenstein also said she has a 13-year-old daughter who shares a birthday with "Frankenstein" author Mary Shelley.

As Frankenstein Turns 200, Can We Control Our Modern "Monsters"? - Midnight in the Desert


In 1797, at the dawn of the industrial age, Goethe wrote "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," a poem about a magician-in-training who, through his arrogance and half-baked powers, unleashes a chain of events he cannot control.

Mankind extinction if the fictional scientist had also created a female Frankenstein

Daily Mail - Science & tech

If Victor Frankenstein had created a bride for his monster, mankind would have been wiped out within 4,000 years, a new research paper concludes. Dartmouth University scientists studied Mary Shelley's 1818 Gothic masterpiece and concluded that it could have had a much more horrific ending. If the fictional scientist had acquiesced to his creation's pleas and created it a bride, mankind would have been'wiped out' by the competition from the pair, the scientists say following the'thought experiment'. If Victor Frankenstein had also created a bride, mankind would have been fictionally wiped out by the competition from the pair within 4,000 years. In the novel, the creature pleads with Frankenstein to create a female partner in order to ease his loneliness and says they will live together in isolation in the wilds of South America.

Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature

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Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature is a new traveling exhibition that encourages audiences to examine the intent of Mary Shelley's novel, Frankenstein, and to discuss Shelley's and their own views about personal and societal responsibility as it relates to science and other areas of life. Frankenstein will visit 80 libraries across the country between October 2002 and December 2005. In addition to the exhibition, participating libraries will host interpretive and educational programs that help audiences examine Mary Shelley's novel and how it uses scientific experimentation as metaphor to comment on cultural values, especially the importance of exercising responsibility toward individuals and the community in all areas of human activity, including science. Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature was developed by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) in collaboration with the ALA Public Programs Office. It has been made possible by major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Washington, D.C., and the National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, Md.