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Science Movie Nights – Of natural and artificial intelligences

In the near future, a lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with an operating system designed to meet every need.

In 2013, this was Science Fiction. But is it still today?

AI-based operating systems and virtual assistants enable human-like linguistic communication and interaction in various areas of our lives. But what happens when virtuality and reality become increasingly intertwined and feelings develop between humans and machines? To explore this topic, we invite you to a screening of the film Her followed by a panel discussion. Data scientist Prof. Alexander Ecker, psychologist Dr. Vanessa Mitschke and philosopher Prof. Catrin Misselhorn will discuss the opportunities and risks of artificial intelligence and its ethical challenges. The discussion will be hosted by Prof. Thomas Kneib.

About the film:

In Spike Jonze’s award winning movie Her, Academy Award Winner Joaquin Phoenix stars as the introverted and lonely Theodore, who writes personal and empathetic letters for other people professionally. In the final stages of his divorce, he purchases the world’s first artificially intelligent operating system. Theodore quickly finds himself drawn in with Samantha, the voice behind his new virtual assistant (voiced by Scarlett Johansson). As they start spending time together, they grow closer and closer and eventually find themselves in love. Samantha helps Theodore in ways others hadn't, but how does she help him deal with his inner conflict of being in love with an operating system? The film received more than 30 awards, among them an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for the best screenplay.

The film is shown in English with German subtitles. Entrance is free.



Vanessa Mitschke, Catrin Misselhorn, Alexander Ecker

Journey Description


E - Main Entrance/Reception
1 - Managing Board; sections: Infection Biology Unit, Unit of Infection Models, Laboratory Animal Science Unit, Primate Genetics Laboratory, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology Unit, Cognitive Ethology Laboratory, Neurobiology Laboratory, Research Coordination, Public Relations, Information Technology, Administration, Technical Support, Library.
2 - Material Delivery/Purchase
3 - Platform Degenerative Diseases
4 - Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory
5 - Animal Husbandry
6 - Imaging Center, Functional Imaging Laboratory

Arrival by car

Leave the interstate A7 at exit "Göttingen Nord". Follow the B27 straight ahead in the direction of "Braunlage". After the third traffic light intersection turn right towards "Kliniken". Afterwards turn left onto "Robert-Koch-Straße" direction "Universität Nordbereich/Polizei". At the end of "Robert-Koch-Straße" turn right onto "Otto-Hahn-Straße", direction "Nikolausberg". The first street on the left turn onto "Kellnerweg", follow the signs "Deutsches Primatenzentrum".

Arrival by bus

The footpath from the bus stop "Kellnerweg" to the Main Entrance/Reception: 
From Bus stop "Kellnerweg" (line 21/22 and 23) Cross the road, go in the direction of the bus. At the mailbox, turn left into the footpath and proceed to the end. Turn right into the Kellnerweg. The main entrance of the DPZ is on the left side.

Date and Time 05.03.24 - 19:00 - 21:15 Signup is not required

Location Michael-Lankeit Lecture Hall, German Primate Center


Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus Primatenkognition und Campus Institut Data Science

Contact Christian Schloegl
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