From 'HER' to Here: ChatGPT & the New Age of AI Companionship


Cinema Arts Centre - Cinema 1 Sat, Jun 3, 2023 7:00 PM


Science on Screen®

Film / Lecture / Q&A

Saturday, June 3 at 7pm

From 'Her' to Here: ChatGPT & the New Age of AI Companionship

with Anthony Zador, MD, PhD, and Kyle Daruwalla, Cold Spring Harbor Labs

featuring a screening of HER

Starring Joaquin Phoenix & Scarlett Johansson

Members $10 / Public $15

Join us for a mind-expanding exploration of the brave new world of AI, featuring a lecture by Anthony Zador, and a rare big-screen showing of Spike Jonze’s prophetic 2013 classic HER.

Set in the Los Angeles of the slight future, Her follows Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive entity in its own right, individual to each user. Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet Samantha (Scarlett Johansson), a bright, female voice, who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny. As her needs and desires grow, in tandem with his own, their friendship deepens into an eventual love for each other. From the unique perspective of Oscar-nominated filmmaker Spike Jonze comes an original love story that explores the evolving nature--and the risks--of intimacy in an increasingly technological modern world. Also starring Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, and Chris Pratt. (USA, 2013, 126 min., color, Rated R, DCP)

Anthony Zador received his MD and PhD from Yale in 1994, where his focus was theoretical neuroscience and neural networks.  He then did postdoctoral research in synaptic physiology at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California.  In 1999, he joined the faculty at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York, where he is now the Alle Davis Harris Professor of Biology and served as Chair of Neuroscience from 2008-2018.  The goal of his research is to understand the neural circuits underlying cortical processing.  His laboratory pioneered the use of rodents in complex sensory decision tasks, and also developed a revolutionary approach to determining brain wiring using high-throughput DNA sequencing.  His current research interests include applying neuroscience to usher in the next generation of Artificial Intelligence.

Kyle Daruwalla is a NeuroAI scholar at Cold Spring Harbor Lab. Previously, he completed his B.S. in Computer Engineering and Mathematics at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, then his M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research brings together perspectives from computer science, machine learning, and neuroscience. Specifically, Kyle studies how evolution and neural development can guide us to produce artificial intelligence that learns with less data and fewer energy resources. Outside of the lab, he enjoys playing guitar, woodworking, and hiking with his dog George. Watching George learn is a constant source of curiosity and inspiration for Kyle.

An initiative of the COOLIDGE CORNER THEATRE, with major support from the ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION

Still of Joaquin Phoenix from Her (2014)

 Still of two scientists in their lab

Headshot of Tony Zador  the scientist

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