Machine Learning in Hollywood Movies – What’s Real, What’s Not, What’s Next?

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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 and  tv shows.

For almost 100 years, 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 have always been obsessed with the idea of AI and, as a society, we have explored AI exhaustively, including how it might help or harm humanity, through movies.

Today, as businesses, politicians, and the general public struggles to understand the implications of AI on society, and as the big tech companies create consortiums to define AI ethics (see our upcoming workshop), turning a critical eye to representations of AI in pop culture becomes ever-more important and crucial to our understanding of what AI is and isn’t.

Machine Learning (a type of artificial intelligence that provides computers with the ability to learn and change when exposed to new data without being explicitly programmed ) has captured the imaginations of countless screenwriters and directors over the past eight decades. Movies like I Robot, Her, 2001 Space Odyssey, The Matrix, Metropolis, and dozens more have defined machine learning technology for people around the world, and 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 and love? How has Hollywood shaped our understanding of AI and machine learning? How has Hollywood’s depiction of Machine Learning changed through the years and what can we expect in the near future?

Join us and our special guest presenter, Peter Morgan (Chief AI Scientist, Ivy Data Science), for this interactive workshop that will explore current trends and 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 and soda will be served!


Gain an understanding of trends in Machine Learning today and some of the key problems developers are trying to solve. Become more versed in critical analysis of AI in popular culture. Learn the history of AI and Machine Learning in movies and how it has shaped your idea of what these technologies are capable of (accurately and inaccurately).


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 is not required 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, and founding my own company, I moved into computer networks, designing, implementing and troubleshooting global IP networks for companies such as Cisco, IBM and BT Labs. After getting an MBA and 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 and Deep Learning, founding an AI company in Jan 2016.

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

Business experience in USA, UK and Europe. Watch recent interview with FOX here (starts at 2:10):

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Guest Instructor: Peter Morgan, Chief AI Scientist, Ivy Data Science

Reg. Fee: $20


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Start Time

6:00 pm

March 23, 2017

Finish Time

8:00 pm

March 23, 2017


Galvanize NYC, 315 Hudson St., 2nd Floor