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Thought Experiments on the Question of Being Human

“AI: Machines that Understand”


a festival of original plays, created by scientist/playwright teams, examining the question

of what it means to be human in light of current developments in science and technology


Pacific Science Center  -  September 27, 28, 29


Whether the A in AI stands for Artificial or Augmented, whether we think of an AI as a smart machine or as a tool for making us smarter, we are encountering them in more and more of our daily lives. They will soon be ubiquitous. And mundane - in the sense that they may be so woven into our daily experience that we take them for granted.


But what does it mean for a machine to “understand?” To understand what I mean? Or what I want?


And what do I become in a world where many of the ordinary things around me exhibit such understanding?


Infinity Box Theatre Project is proud to be returning to Pacific Science Center for our 7th annual Thought Experiments on the Question of Being Human.


This year’s theme is “AI: Machines that Understand” and we are thrilled to be collaborating with the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence. Four researchers from AI2 have been paired with playwrights and their conversations will lead to four new short plays exploring the human consequences of living with the kinds of artificially intelligent systems you might not have thought of.


The scientist/playwright teams for 2019 are:


“Green Thumbs” by Maggie Lee (with Dustin Schwenk).

Directed by David Gassner.


“ODIA” by  K Brian Neel (with Matthew Peters)

Directed by Meghan Arnette)


“ARTificial” by Andrew Lee Creech (with Michael Schmitz).

Directed by Jose’ Amador.


“Meow Mix” by Bret Fetzer and Juliet Pruzan (with Oren Etzioni).

Directed by Rachel Katz Carey.


Staged readings of the plays will be presented in the PACCAR IMAX Theater on Friday, September 27 and Saturday, September 28 at 7:30 pm and also inside the exhibit space of Pacific Science Center on Sunday afternoon, September 29.


As always, each performance will be followed by an audience conversation kicked off by one of the four scientists.


Stay tuned for more details as this year’s project moves along.






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