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Science on the Screen and Doc Films presents...

Ex machina

Watch a screening of ‘Ex Machina’ and join University of Chicago scientists and experts who will explore the legal, social and technical challenges of building machines with artificial intelligence. The panel will address these and other questions:

  • Should individuals create human-level A.I.? what are the social implications?
  • What tasks can current machine learning systems do better than humans and what kind of math and science principles are they based on?
  • Is it more challenging to imbue a machine with feelings thatn it is to imbue it with thought?
  • Could a human-level A.I. its human counterpart and if so, how long would it take?
  • Can brain-machine interfaces lead us to the merginf of artificial and natural intelligence?

Saturday, May 14, 2016
7-10 p.m.

Max Palevsky Cinema
Ida Noyes Hall
1212 E 59th St, Chicago, IL

Film running time: 1hour 48 minutes

Rating: R

Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), a programmer at a huge Internet company, wins a contest that enables him to spend a week at the private estate of Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac), his firm's brilliant CEO. When he arrives, Caleb learns that he has been chosen to be the human component in a Turing test to determine the capabilities and consciousness of Ava (Alicia Vikander), a beautiful robot. However, it soon becomes evident that Ava is far more self-aware and deceptive than either man imagined.

The following speakers will discuss the film and answer audience questions after the screening:

Koch_Valerie_portrait_0.jpgVALERIE GUTMANN KOCH (Moderator)

Director of Law & Ethics, MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, University of Chicago
Visiting Assistant Professor, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law

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sliman final_0.jpgSLIMAN BENSMAIA, PhD

Associate Professor of Organismal Biology and Anatomy
Committee on Neurobiology
Committee on Computational Neuroscience

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hatsopoulos_n_0.jpgNICHOLAS HATSOPOULOS, PhD

Professor of Organismal Biology and Anatomy
Committees on Computational Neuroscience and Neurobiology
University of Chicago

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Risi final_0.jpgRISI KONDOR, PhD

Assistant Professor
The Machine Learning Group
Computer Science & Statistics
The University of Chicago

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$5 admission at the door. Open to the public


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