Central Square play wrestles with the role of robots in healthcare

A father, a son and a robotic have a glitchy relationship in Francisco Mendoza’s play “Machine Learning.” Jorge is a pc programmer estranged from his father, who struggles with longtime alcoholism and corrosive conduct. Driven aside by an emotional firewall, the two are pressured again collectively when Jorge’s father is identified with most cancers. Jorge, in flip, decides a pc would make a greater caretaker, and so he units out to design an intuitive software program that may assist his father. It’s a possible technological breakthrough for humanity, till, as the play reveals, the limitations of know-how are revealed by human dependency.Mendoza would not take into account the play to be science-fiction. In reality, a lot of what he wrote when first scripting “Machine Learning” in 2016 has come to life technologically in 2024. In immediately’s episode of The Culture Show, Mendoza joins host and GBH Executive Arts Editor Jared Bowen to speak about the journey of the play, now on stage at Central Square Theater in collaboration with Teatro Chelsea and Catalyst Collaborative@MIT, his Argentinian immigrant expertise, and the universality of what he calls “the Jurassic Park query”: Just as a result of we are able to do one thing, ought to we?Also on the present immediately, a dialogue of tradition in the midst of struggle. The U.S. Army Reserve and the Smithsonian Institution have revived a cultural preservation effort that has its roots in World War II, working collectively on a modern-day “Monuments Men” program as conflicts throughout the globe proceed to devastate each whole communities and cultural heritage websites. Cori Wegener is central to this initiative as the director of the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative, and he or she joins The Culture Show to debate the vital work her staff is doing throughout the globe.Finally, GBH News reporter Haley Lerner weighs in forward of Valentine’s Day with her literary picks and a booklover’s information to romance, from the traditional to the unconventional.


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