The Golem Rescored

The Golem of the Future

Episode 5

October 28, 2021

In this episode we look at the Golem of the future and how the ideas Wegener explored in 1920 are relevant to Artificial Intelligence, Humanoids, and the Metaverse. What does the story and the film have to say to us about where we are going? With Dr. Ken Goldberg, professor and chair of the industrial engineering and operations research department at UC Berkeley and an artist, writer, inventor, and researcher working at the intersection of art, robotics, and social media, we explore whether there is a connection between the themes found in The Golem and the emerging worlds of Artificial Intelligence, Humanoids, and the Metaverse? 

Music artist overview: This episode is scored by London-based artist Sharon Gal. A self-proclaimed “voice experimentalist”, she uses her vocal chords to create lush landscapes and dark horizons.  Sharon has worked with sound and image dignitaries such as David Toop, Savage Pencil, and This Heat’s Charles Hayward. Although she performs solo here, the sound she makes is a symphony to the ears.


Sharon Gal

Artist, Experimental vocalist, Free improviser, Performer, Composer

Sharon Gal is an interdisciplinary artist, performer, vocalist and composer, specializing in free-improvisation and participatory, collaborative compositions.  She works with voice, electronics, various instruments, field recordings, found audio & video; exploring presence, listening, embodiment, and the relationship between people, sound and space.  Sharon performs solo and in many collaborations including, David Toop, Steve Beresford, Phil Minton, Charles Hayward, Andie Brown and Lina Lapelyte.  Since 2007 she has been directing large group, experimental, site-specific compositions with musicians & non-musicians.  Past performances include The V&A, ICA, The Whitechapel Gallery, Tate Modern,Tate Britain, MACBA, and Colour out of Space, Borealis, Supernormal, Supersonic& Tusk festivals.  Sharon’s music was released by many labels, including five solo albums and various collaborations.


Ken Goldberg

Artist and Professor of Engineering at UC Berkeley

Ken Goldberg is the William S. Floyd Distinguished Chair in Engineering at UC Berkeley and an award-winning roboticist, filmmaker, artist and popular public speaker on AI and robotics. Ken trains the next generation of researchers and entrepreneurs in his research lab at UC Berkeley; he has published over 300 papers, 3 books, and holds 9 US Patents. Ken’s artwork has been featured in 70 art exhibits including the 2000 Whitney Biennial. He is a pioneer in technology and artistic visual expression, bridging the “two cultures” of art and science. With unique skills in communication and creative problem solving, invention, and thinking on the edge, Ken has presented over 600 invited lectures at events around the world.