An initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theater with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
JULY 10 7:45 PM
WILL A ROBOT BE YOUR FRIEND?
Artificial intelligence. Could it change how we perceive what it means to be human? The fourth installment of the Friends of the Cameo’s Science on Screen® series will mingle entertainment with artificial intelligence in a unique meeting of science fiction and scientific theory. The film, Robot and Frank, is set in the near future and follows a retired cat burglar whose two grown kids buy him a companion humanoid robot in the hopes of avoiding a move to a retirement home. What follows is an often hilarious and somewhat heartbreaking story about finding friends and family in the most unexpected places.
Friends of the Cameo and the Cameo Cinema welcomes you to SCIENCE ON SCREEN®
The guest speaker is UC Berkeley computer scientist Michael Laskey, who will explore the plausibility of Robot and Frank’s science fiction versus the reality of artificial intelligence. Michael is primed to receive his PhD in Artificial Intelligence / Robotics at UC Berkeley. He has worked at Intel, and currently conducts research at Berkeley's Automation Lab, and has developed and applied several new techniques in the fields of Home Robotics and Self-Driving Cars.
If you have ever wondered if our AI creations, like their screen counterparts, may not so much destroy us as come up with their own ethics and ways of living join us Tuesday night for what promises to be a very lively evening.
Throughout the year, the Friends of the Cameo’s Science on Screen® grant allows us to creatively pair screenings of classic, cult, science fiction, and documentary films with lively presentations by notable experts from the world of science and technology. Each film is used as a jumping-off point for a speaker to introduce current research or technological advances in a manner that engages popular culture audiences—from the phenomena of cognitive and sensory illusions are responsible for the "magic" of a magic trick in The Illusionist to an exploration of why we study apes to understand humans with the documentary on Jane Goodall.
The Coolidge Corner Theatre's Science on Screen® series has enhanced film and scientific literacy with this popular program, which launched at the Coolidge in 2005. In partnership with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and its pioneering nationwide film program, the Coolidge has expanded Science on Screen to 72 cinemas nationwide.