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Can Robots Fall In Love?: Ex Machina Movie & Panel

March 17, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

Come enjoy pizza, a movie, and a panel, all while learning if robots can fall in love!

Ex Machina, earning 92% on Rotten Tomatoes, and winning an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, tells the story of a programmer who wins a contest to spend a week with the CEO of his company. While there, Caleb meets Ava, the first AI woman who is both beautiful and sophisticated. The question arises, just how intelligent is Ava?

RWU Brain Club presents Ex Machina and a panel, to explain some of the questions you may have after watching. The panel includes Psychologists and Cognitive Philosophers, that will debunk parts of the plot, as well as explain core ideas the movie presents.


Matt C. Zaitchik, Ph.D., ABPP, is a Board-Certified Forensic Psychologist. After serving on the faculty of University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Law and Psychiatry program for 13 years, he became a faculty member at Roger Williams University where he has served as Director of the Graduate Programs in Clinical and Forensic Psychology and as Chair of the Psychology Department. Dr. Zaitchik was the recipient of the AAFP’s Distinguished Contribution to Forensic Psychology award in 2013.

He has conducted research and published in a variety of areas related to psychology and law including: the ethical practice of forensic psychology, mental status at the time of offense, pre-sentencing evaluations, assessment of sex offenders, assessment of juvenile offenders, active shooting events, effects of expert testimony on jurors, and personality disorders and their relation to criminal behavior. He has served as an expert witness in District and Superior Courts in Massachusetts as well as U.S. Federal Courts.


College of Arts and Sciences, Room 157, Roger Williams University Campus
One Old Ferry Road
Bristol, RI 02809
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