Cosmic Nights - AI: The Changing Face of Technology

Grab a friend and join us for Cosmic Nights – AI: The Changing Face of Technology. Learn more about current missions and hot topics in astronomy and space exploration in this fun evening of science and socializing. We’ll have a custom planetarium show, guest lecturer, music, drinks, science demonstrations and trivia at this 19+ event.

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are all around us. From chatbots and Gmail filters to product recommendations on Amazon, AI is changing the face of technology. Join us as we explore the social impact, ethics, science and uses for artificial intelligence with a leading expert in the field. We will also be looking at AI’s role in Canada’s new space strategy including the Lunar Gateway project. 

Tickets available for 7:30pm or 9:00pm planetarium star theatre shows. This is a 19+ event.

7:30 ticket holder schedule:
6:30 -  check-in
7:00 -  “AI, Science Fiction and Trivia” (GroundStation Canada Theatre)
7:30 - 8:30 -  “To the Moon and Beyond” show (Planetarium Star Theatre)
9:00 - 9:30 -  “Artificial Intelligence: the World in 2029” lecture (Joyce Whalley Room)

9:00 ticket holder schedule:
6:30 - check-in
7:00 - 9:00 -  (runs every 30 mins) “AI, Science Fiction and Trivia” show (GroundStation Canada Theatre)
8:00 - 8:30 - “Artificial Intelligence: the World in 2029” lecture (Joyce Whalley Room)
9:00 - 10:00 -  “To the Moon and Beyond” show (Planetarium Star Theatre)
The bar will be open from 6:30 – 10:00pm in the Cosmic Courtyard.

Only planetarium shows are ticketed, all other activities are optional.

7:00pm, 7:30pm, 8:00pm, 8:30pm – “AI, Science Fiction and Trivia” (GroundStation Canada Theatre) 
Artificial Intelligence was dreamed up by science fiction authors long before it became a reality. Join us as we revisit some of our favourite sci-fi tales, enjoy a live science demo, and take part in a round of trivia. Prizes will be given to the winners!

8:00pm and 9:00pm “Artificial Intelligence: the World in 2029” lecture by Dr. Kevin Leyton-Brown (Joyce Whalley Room)
Artificial intelligence is already moving from science fiction to reality, and Canadian scientists are leading the way. (Canada was the first country in the world to develop a "national AI strategy"!) Kevin Leyton-Brown, the Director of UBC's Centre for Artificial Intelligence Decision-making and Action (CAIDA) will describe the scientific journey that has brought us to this point, will explain some of the core ideas that make modern AI technologies work, and will offer some educated speculation about how AI will impact our lives a decade from now.

Dr. Kevin Leyton-Brown is a professor of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia and holds a Canada CIFAR AI Chair at the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute; he is also an associate member of the Vancouver School of Economics. He holds a PhD and M.Sc. from Stanford University (2003; 2001) and a B.Sc. from McMaster University (1998). He studies artificial intelligence and machine learning with a focus on connections both to microeconomic theory and to the design of algorithms for hard combinatorial problems. He is the Director of UBC's Centre for AI Decision-making and Action (

7:30pm and 9:30pm “To the Moon and Beyond” - Planetarium Star Theatre
In the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, HAL 9000 was the on board artificial general intelligence that controlled the computer systems on a spacecraft headed to Jupiter. Today NASA is planning to head back to the Moon with the newly announced Lunar Gateway space station project. Canada will be contributing to project by creating a CANADARM 3, and by taking part in developing an artificial intelligence system to run the station. In this interactive visual presentation in the planetarium we’ll look at the future of AI technology in space.

*Choose between either the 7:30pm or 9:00pm planetarium show when purchasing your ticket.*

TICKETS: $20 early bird tickets until August 8th, $25 after.

Tickets available online through Eventbrite until 12:00pm on August 22nd.
Beer from Red Truck Beer Company, wine from Hester Creek Estate Winery will be available for purchase. 
This is a 19+ event. All attendees will be required to provide photo ID upon entry.

Event Details

August 22, 2019 - 6:30pm to 10:00pm