Having enjoyed the questions of faith raised in Tron and the re-imagined Battle Star Galactica I was drawn toward the lecture title of Playing God? Towards machines that deny their maker by Prof Rosalind Picard of M.I.T.
Rosalind W. Picard is founder and director of the Affective Computing Research Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Her current work includes developing systems that can read the emotional non verbal cues and translates them for people who have a hard time reading them for themselves. It's a fascinating lecture.