Enjoy Artificial Intelligence Themed Films During Star-Studded Evenings!

Star-Studded Evenings return on November 8! On Friday and Saturday nights from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., enjoy the observatory*, special workshops in The Hive: A Makerspace, and special Artificial Intelligence-themed films! 


In honor of traveling exhibit Artificial Intelligence: Your Mind & The Machine, we’re showing some of the most famous AI films. Do you believe we’ll have robot overlords in the future? From The Matrix to I, Robot, see the different ways AI has been portrayed in Hollywood films during Star-Studded Evenings!


The Matrix

Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:50 p.m. November 8 through November 23

Neo (Keanu Reeves) believes that Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), an elusive figure considered to be the most dangerous man alive, can answer his question -- What is the Matrix? Neo is contacted by Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss), a beautiful stranger who leads him into an underworld where he meets Morpheus. They fight a brutal battle for their lives against a cadre of viciously intelligent secret agents. It is a truth that could cost Neo something more precious than his life.


Short Circuit

Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:50 p.m. November 29 through December 14

Number 5, one of a group of experimental military robots, undergoes a sudden transformation after being struck by lightning. He develops self-awareness, consciousness, and a fear of the reprogramming that awaits him back at the factory. With the help of a young woman, Number 5 tries to evade capture and convince his creator that he has truly become alive.


I, Robot 

Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:50 p.m. December 20 through January 4

In 2035, techno-phobic homicide detective Del Spooner of the Chicago PD heads the investigation of a crime that may have been perpetrated by a robot. Little does he know that his investigation would lead to uncovering a larger threat to humanity.


War Games

Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:50 p.m. January 10 through February 1

High school student David Lightman (Matthew Broderick) unwittingly hacks into a military supercomputer while searching for new video games. After starting a game of Global Thermonuclear War, Lightman leads the supercomputer to activate the nation's nuclear arsenal in response to his simulated threat as the Soviet Union. Once the clueless hacker comes to his senses, Lightman, with help from his girlfriend (Ally Sheedy), must find a way to alert the authorities to stop the onset of World War III.


Avengers: Age of Ultron

Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:50 p.m. February 7 through February 22

When Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) jump-starts a dormant peacekeeping program, things go terribly awry, forcing him, Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and the rest of the Avengers to reassemble. As the fate of Earth hangs in the balance, the team is put to the ultimate test as they battle Ultron, a technological terror hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they encounter two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Pietro and Wanda Maximoff.


Want to experience all the films and workshops during Star-studded evenings? Check out our membership plans to get unlimited general admission so you can enjoy all that the Science Center has to offer for an entire year!

Explore Your Senses and Face Your Artificial Intelligence Fears With Two Special Guest Speakers at Science Night Live!

Science Night Live gets a frighteningly fun twist on October 5! This is the last Science Night Live event of the year before it says, “Boo Felicia” until 2020.

Is Frankenstein considered Artificial Intelligence? Find out in the brand-new exhibit Artificial Intelligence: Your Mind & The Machine and hear from HP Newquist, director of the exhibit! Then, join artist Synthestruct as she takes guests on a multi-sensory journey exploring human perception. Plus, enjoy spooky programming like ghoulishly good trivia, hands-on workshops, monstrous giant-screen films and more.


Join HP Newquist, one of the foremost authorities on the history and application of artificial intelligence at Science Night Live as he presents "Are You Afraid Of Artificial Intelligence? More Importantly, Should You Be?" Many scientists think Artificial Intelligence could be the most terrifying technology ever developed, capable of replacing humans within a few decades. HP will explore the past, present and future applications of AI, and the reality of what it can do. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from a renowned AI expert!


Once you’ve faced your artificial intelligence fears, join Synthestruct, Orlando-based interactive and audiovisual designer for her interactive presentation, "Multi-Sensory: Exploring Synesthesia and Sensory Cross-Talk."* Explore your senses in this fun and interactive presentation that examines human perception and cross-sensory experiences. Equipped with crayons and other creative tools, you’ll be challenged to explore your own unique sensorium through stimulating flavors and sounds. *A ticket is required and will be distributed at the presentation room 15 minutes prior to each talk.


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After you’ve heard from HP Newquist and Synthestruct, put your braaaaains to the test and solve a murder mystery during Night of the Chicken Dead. Spin the Wheel of Torture for a treacherous task, enter ghoulishly good trivia to earn prizes and watch a monstrous giant-screen film. Tickets are just $16, click here to purchase yours today!

Q&A With HP Newquist, Developer of Traveling Exhibit, Artificial Intelligence: Your Mind & The Machine

Making its world premiere at Orlando Science Center on September 14, Artificial Intelligence: Your Mind & the Machine is the first traveling exhibit to focus on the practicality and potential of artificial intelligence. Children and adults alike will explore hands-on activities and displays exploring how computers learn and illuminating the differences between artificial intelligence and human intelligence.


The exhibit’s creator HP Newquist is one of the foremost authorities on the history and application of artificial intelligence. His career in AI spans four decades and his work has appeared in and been cited by such diverse publications as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Variety, Billboard, Forbes, Popular Mechanics, Rolling Stone, Computerworld, and USA Today.


Before the exhibit joins us, Newquist shared why he believes understanding Artificial Intelligence is vital, what visitors can learn from the exhibit, what is the greatest myth about AI and more.

HP Newquist
  1. Why did you design this exhibit?
    Artificial Intelligence is the single most important technology being developed today . . . by far. Every large company and every government in the world is developing AI. Yet very few people know what AI is, or what it does. We want to provide people with a way to understand AI so that it’s real and relevant, not mysterious or frightening. At the same time, we want to show visitors that AI can change the world in ways that might be good and bad, and all of us should think about how that might happen.
  2. Why do you think people are so fascinated with artificial intelligence?
    AI has been part of our collective imagination for thousands of years, since the age of Greek myths. It all has to do with the idea of what might happen if science created something just like us, as smart as we are, and possibly even smarter. What happens then?
  3. What can visitors expect from the exhibit?
    The one thing we want visitors of every age, from 6 to 86, to discover is that AI—in all its forms—is based on mathematics. It’s not evil robots, it’s not computers that can think for themselves, it’s not brain-cells-in-a-machine. It’s advanced technology that uses very complex math, but at the end of the day, it’s still math. No matter how smart a machine or an AI application might seem, the reality is that it has no ability to think, no awareness, no consciousness. It is a brilliantly constructed mathematical program. Nothing more.
  4. What's your favorite interactive in the exhibit?
    I’m always astounded by watching an AI try to translate the Russian or Spanish version of Sleeping Beauty to English as you show it pages from the book. I can also stand for hours in front of the AI artist that paints what it sees in different classical painting styles.
  5. What do you think people will be most surprised about?
    My guess is that people will be amazed by what AI is capable of today. We all take Siri and Alexa for granted, but when an AI scans our faces and describes whether we’re happy or sad, that changes how we think of the technology—and what it might actually “know.”
  6. What is the biggest myth this exhibit will help dismiss for visitors?
    While the idea of a smart machine has been part of human storytelling for centuries, recently we've come to think that AI is—or will be—some kind of evil Terminator or a friendly C3PO robot. That’s the myth, because right now it’s neither. The reality is that AI can do amazing things, primarily because it can process much more information than humans can—and do it a million times faster. For example, an AI can scan thousands of satellite photographs and find new stars in a few minutes, but it would take human researchers months or even years to find those same stars. That’s incredibly impressive. But the same AI doesn’t know the difference between a guitar and a gorilla. That should put the myth vs. reality in perspective.
  7. How do you think people will view AI differently after this experience?
    My hope is that people will start thinking about AI as a real thing that is quickly becoming part of our homes, our schools, our workplaces, and our world. Like any technology, AI can be used to create chaos by the wrong people, and that’s a very real concern for the future. The more that our visitors understand what AI is right this moment, the more we’ll be able to use it in ways that will benefit our lives going forward.

AI: Your Mind & the Machine premieres at Orlando Science Center on Saturday, September 14. The exhibit opens to the public at 12:00 p.m. Members of Orlando Science Center can enjoy the Member-only preview of the exhibit that morning. The exhibit will be on display until January 5.