This summer, Dawn Distler will mark her third anniversary as director of KAT, Knoxville's public transit agency. The system is fortunate to have a city government that supports public transportation, Distler says, but providing that service is costly. KAT must respond to funding, customer requests, public demand and other factors that may shift over time.
Forty-seven years ago, filmgoers got a taste of the dark side of the burgeoning field of computer technology. In Colossus: The Forbin Project, a supercomputer gains sentience and turns on its creators – and humanity. The idea that supercomputers will eventually overwhelm the humans that created them is a common theme in science fiction and fantasy. And it usually doesn't end well for the humans.
Writer James Agee died in 1955, but the re-discovery of his work continues today. This month, the University of Tennessee Press will release new collections reflecting on Agee’s work as a critic and journalist. Tuesday evening, Professor Michael Lofaro will lead a discussion about Agee’s nonfiction work as part of UT’s Conversations and Cocktails series.