Her: artificial intelligence and human nature

13 October, 5:45 pm

2 hr 45 minFrom £10

Film / discussion | Society, The Arts, The Mind

Her: artificial intelligence and human nature

The Ultimate Picture Palace, Jeune Street, Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1BN

The movie Her is the story of Theodore Twombly (Joachin Phoenix) a lonely writer, heartbroken after the end of his marriage. He becomes fascinated with a new and sophisticated computer operating system designed to meet the user’s every needs. To his surprise, a bond develops between him and the system which blossoms into something resembling love.

Join neuroscientists from the University of Oxford for a screening and discussion about this Oscar-winning 2013 sci-fi romance, exploring artificial intelligence, machine learning, and what it means to be human.


Dr Michele Veldsman is a postdoctoral research scientist in the Cognitive Neurology group. Her research looks at the impact of dementia syndromes and stroke on functional and structural networks in the human brain.




Professor Saad Jbabdi is a professor of biomedical engineering and the head of diffusion analysis at the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging. His research aims to achieve a better understanding of the structural and functional organisation of the brain at a systems level.



Professor Ben Seymour is a professor of clinical neuroscience. His work examines the neuroscience of pain, including pain perception and behaviour, and aims to develop new technology-based therapies for treating pain.




Dr MaryAnn Noonan is a Departmental Lecturer in the Department of Experimental Psychology. Her research explores how individuals learn and make decisions. Her work asks how the brain accomplishes this; coordinating different cognitive functions to achieve adaptive goal-directed behaviour. She is now investigating how these cognitive functions develop across adolescence and how the brain adapts during this critical period of life


Watch the trailer now



The Ultimate Picture Palace, Jeune Street, Cowley Road, Oxford, UK OX4 1BN