Sci-Fi to Sci-Fact: Artificial Intelligence on the Big Screen

Saturday, September 23, 2023
1:00pm to 2:30pm
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Beckman Auditorium
  • Public Event


There will be a standby ticket line at the event.

Pre-event activities begin at 11:30 a.m. Arrive early for festivities, food, and merchandise outside the auditorium.

Artificial Intelligence propels discovery across scientific fields and drives progress in our digital and physical lives.

But it also surfaces thorny economic, ethical, and safety questions.

At Caltech, researchers work at the leading edge of computation, data science, and machine learning, expanding the capabilities of AI while also examining its effects on society. Join Caltech for a public event that explores the science behind depictions of artificial intelligence in films such as The Terminator, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Matrix, and WALL-E.

Moderated by Latif Nasser, co-host of Radiolab, a panel of experts will use pop culture storytelling as a springboard to discuss the state of AI technology and where it is heading; whether we can trust AI; and how to protect against misinformation, bias, and other challenges. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions and engage with AI technology themselves.

Special-edition pins will be available to the first 500 attendees.

Latif Nasser, Co-host of Radiolab


  • Anima Anandkumar, Bren Professor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
  • Georgia Gkioxari, Assistant Professor of Computing and Mathematical Science and Electrical Engineering
  • Eric Mazumdar, Assistant Professor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences and Economics
  • Yisong Yue, Professor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences

Discover more about artificial intelligence on the Caltech Science Exchange.