SCIENCE ON SCREEN: OUR ROBOTS OURSELVES

Screening of I’m Here with
Presentation by Ken Goldberg, UC Berkeley Professor of Robotics
Sunday, March 18, 7:00 pm
$12 (CFI members $9)
What can our robots tell us about ourselves? They continue to be an irresistible topic for cinema and culture, and robots like the Terminator have a long history going back to Frankenstein's creation and the Golem. But the next generation of robots won't rigidly follow orders. Instead, they'll use advanced sensing, computation and data from the cloud to cooperate with and enhance human abilities. These robots will apply statistical machine learning to be more aware than oblivious, more social than solitary, and more like companions than tools. Using film clips and a complete screening of Spike Jonze's short film I'm Here, Professor Goldberg will present examples of new robots and describe his own research in "superhuman surgery" and "cloud robotics."

Written and directed by Spike Jonze, I'm Here is a bittersweet science-fiction romance starring Andrew Garfield and Sienna Guillory as two robots in an everyday world. (US 2010) 30 min. Special thanks to Spike Jonze and MJZ, Inc.

Ken Goldberg, Ph.D. is an inventor working at the intersection of art, robotics and social media. On the faculty of the University of California at Berkeley, where he is craigslist Distinguished Professor of New Media, he also holds an appointment in the UC San Francisco Medical School where he pursues research in medical robotics.


Science on Screen. California Film Institute presents a new series made possible by a grant from the Coolidge Corner Theatre and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Conceived by the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, Massachusetts, "Science on Screen" is a program that creatively pairs film screenings with lively presentations by scientific experts and technological innovators, providing the perfect combination of entertainment and enlightenment.










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Playing at the Rafael Film Center
Mar 18 2012
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