(Spike Jonze, 2013)
In the futuristic romantic comedy Her, Joaquin Phoenix stars as a man whose romantic failures in the material world lead him to form an intimate relationship with his intelligent computer operating system, “Samantha” (brilliantly voiced by Scarlett Johansson). The feature film event of the 2018 Spring Cogfest, Her should interest cognitive scientists and anyone else curious about artificial intelligence, human-computer interactions, technology and society, and the future of the mind. (126 mins., DCP)
After the film, we invite you to stay for a panel discussion with three of Ohio State’s leading experts in computer science, history, and philosophy. Audience members will be encouraged to partake in this thought-provoking conversation about how the film addresses key topics and concerns that cognitive scientists have long grappled with.
Cosponsored by Ohio State’s Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences as part of the 2018 CogFest.
David Staley, PhD
David Staley is interim director of the Humanities Institute and director of the Center for the Humanities in Practice (CHiP) at Ohio State. An associate professor in the Department of History, he also holds courtesy appointments in the Departments of Design and Educational Studies. His research interests include digital history, the philosophy of history, historical methodology, and the history and future of higher education. He has published widely on the intersection of technology and higher education, including Brain, Mind and Internet: A Deep History and Future (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), Computers, Visualization and History, 2nd ed. (Routledge, 2014), and History and Future: Using Historical Thinking to Imagine the Future (Lexington Books, 2006). Staley also hosts the monthly breakfast lecture series CreativeMornings/Columbus.
Wei Xu, PhD
Wei Xu is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Ohio State. Her research interests include natural language processing, machine learning and social media. She received her PhD in computer science with a five-year MacCracken Fellowship from New York University. Before joining Ohio State, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania. Xu has spoken at Google, Amazon, IBM Research, and 30 other companies and universities and has held leadership roles in multiple international conferences on computational linguistics. Her current activities include organizing the annual international Workshop on Noisy User-generated Text (W-NUT) and designing a new course at Ohio State, “Social Media and Text Analytics.”
Richard Samuels, PhD
Richard Samuels is a professor of philosophy and member of the Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences at Ohio State. He has previously held appointments at King’s College London and the University of Pennsylvania. Publishing widely about the philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology, and the foundations of cognitive science, he is currently writing a book titled Descartes’ Challenge: Flexibility and the Architecture of Cognition and recently served as editor of The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Cognitive Science (Oxford University Press, 2012) and Advances in Experimental Philosophy of Science (Bloomsbury Press, forthcoming).
Free (no tickets, no RSVP required)
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Rohauer Collection Foundation
SUPPORT FOR THE FILM/VIDEO STUDIO PROGRAM
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National Endowment for the Arts
SUPPORT FOR FREE AND LOW-COST PROGRAMS
Cardinal Health Foundation
GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT FOR THE WEXNER CENTER
Greater Columbus Arts Council
Ohio Arts Council
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