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With Peter Morgan (Chief AI Scientist, Ivy Data Science).
Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 06:00 PM    Cost: $20
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Machine Learning in Hollywood Movies - What's Real, What's Not, What's Next? (Workshop) About This Workshop

No matter who you are, or where you're from, your earliest experiences learning about Artificial Intelligence (AI) most likely came from watching movies & tv shows.

For almost 100years, Hollywood has created a steady stream of popular movies featuring AI as the main storyline. Although AI has only just recently begun to truly take off(after several false starts), a look back at Hollywood history shows that we havealwaysbeen obsessed with the idea of AI and, as a society, we have explored AIexhaustively, including how it might help or harm humanity, through movies.

Today, as businesses, politicians, & the general publicstruggles to understand the implications of AIon society, & as the big tech companies create consortiums to define AI ethics (see ourupcoming workshop), turning a critical eye to representations of AI in pop culture becomes ever-more important & crucial to our understanding of what AI is andisn't.

Machine Learning(a type of artificial intelligence that provides computers with the ability to learn & change when exposed to new data without being explicitly programmed ) has captured the imaginations of countless screenwriters & directors over the past eight decades. Movies likeI Robot,Her,2001 Space Odyssey,The Matrix,Metropolis, & dozens more have defined machine learning technology for people around the world, & the movie studios have been greatly rewarded by audiences with record-breaking ticket sales.

But how accurate are these depictions of Machine Learning in movies we all know & love? How has Hollywood shaped our understanding of AI & machine learning?How has Hollywood's depiction of Machine Learning changed through the years & what can we expect in the near future?

Join us & our special guest presenter,Peter Morgan(Chief AI Scientist,Ivy Data Science), for this interactive workshop that willexplore current trends & problems in Machine Learning through the lens of Hollywood films of the past to connect-the-dots of public perceptions versus reality.

Scenes from popular movies will be shown during the workshop. Attendees will participate in interactive, group exercises. Popcorn & soda will be served!

Takeaways Gain an understandingof trends in Machine Learning today & some of the key problems developers are trying to solve. Become more versed in critical analysis of AI in popular culture. Learnthe history of AI & Machine Learning in movies & how it has shapedyouridea of what these technologies are capable of (accurately & inaccurately).

Prerequisites This is a non-technical workshop meant for anyone: marketers, advertisers, developers, product managers, investors, data analysts, students, policy wonks -- all are welcome.Scenes from popular movies will be shown during the workshop. Check out our groovy list of several films featuring Machine Learning below (watching these films isnotrequired for the workshop):

  • The Matrix (1999)
  • Her (2013)
  • AI (2001)
  • Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970)
  • Ex Machina (2015)
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  • Short Circuit (1986)
  • Metropolis (1927)
  • Transcendence (2014)
  • Blade Runner (1982)
  • I, Robot (2004)
  • Moon (2009)
  • Wall-E (2008)
  • Terminator 2 (1991)
  • The Imitation Game (2014)
  • Bicentennial Man (1999)
  • Chappie (2015)
Guest Presenter

Peter Morgan, Chief AI Scientist,Ivy Data Science

I am a scientist-entrepreneur starting out in high energy physics enrolled in the PhD program at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. After leaving UMass, & founding my own company, I moved into computer networks, designing, implementing & troubleshooting global IP networks for companies such as Cisco, IBM & BT Labs. After getting an MBA & dabbling in financial trading algorithms, I worked for three years on an experiment lead by Stanford University to measure the mass of the neutrino. Since 2012 I have been working in Data Science & Deep Learning, founding an AI company in Jan 2016.

As an entrepreneur I have founded companies in the AI, social media, & music industries. I also serve on the advisory board of technology startups. I am a popular speaker at conferences, meetups & webinars.Business experience in USA, UK & Europe.

Recent interview with Peter on Fox:

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