The popular Science On Screen series continues Sunday, May 18, in Santa Fe with SFI External Professor Daniel Dennett presenting the award-winning science fiction love story Her.
Artificial respiration is real respiration and an artificial ear could allow a person to really hear, but would artificial emotions be real emotions? Is Her's Samantha, an artificially intelligent operating system, capable of love—real love generated by an artificial mind—or is Samantha just a very intelligent thinker, faking real emotions? How might artificial intelligence diverge from today's computers? Philosopher and cognitive scientist Daniel Dennett will explore these questions and more in a discussion of Spike Jonze's 2013 film, which recently won an Oscar for best original screenplay.
The show begins at 7:30 p.m. (please note the later start time than most Science on Screen presentations) at the Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA), 1050 Old Pecos Trail, in Santa Fe. Advance tickets are recommended. For tickets and prices, call the CCA Box Office at 505-982-1338.
Science On Screen is a collaboration of SFI and the CCA. During each showing, an Institute scientist presents a favorite film, offering personal perspectives and insights from the world of science. It's an idea-rich spin on the movies.
SFI and CCA presented five Science on Screen events in 2013. (Watch the 4-minute trailer for "Groundhog Day with Murray Gell-Mann," screened May 17, 2012, at the CCA.)