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May 16: Is Artificial Intelligence Outsmarting Us?

Humanoid robots in “Humans,” Westworld,” and
“Ex Machina” are science fiction – for now.

May 16, 2017 | 5:30 pm–7:30 pm


We’re already interacting with artificial intelligence every day through voice-recognition devices like Siri, Alexa and Google Home. A.I. takes our Starbucks orders, drives Uber cars, curates our Facebook newsfeeds and pilots unmanned military drones.

This year A.I. will write more than half of financial and sports stories. It already writes computer code and has the capability to learn. Would you trust robots to make life and death decisions? How fast will intelligent machines replace people? Will they have the capacity to turn on us?

Science Writers in New York (SWINY) invites you to explore those questions and more in a provocative evening with two experts on the implications of living with smart machines.


Dr. Susan Schneider is a frequent speaker on the ethics and implications of artificial intelligence and has given a TED talk on the subject. She is an associate professor in the Philosophy and Cognitive Science Program at the University of Connecticut, a fellow at the Center of Theological Inquiry at Princeton, and editor of Science Fiction and Philosophy: From Time Travel to Superintelligence (2nd Edition, 2016, Wiley-Blackwell).


Dr. Peter Asaro co-founded the International Committee for Robot Arms Control and the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots ( An assistant professor of media studies at the New School, he focuses on the social, cultural, political, legal and ethical dimensions of military robotics and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones.

Moderator: Alan Brown has been writing about artificial intelligence, self-driving vehicles and robots for the past decade. A veteran free-lance science writer, he is an editor at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Kavli Foundation and a member of the SWINY Board.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017
5:30 pm–7:30 pm
Panel Discussion Starts 6:00 pm Sharp! (Followed by Q&A)

NYPL Science, Industry and Business Library
188 Madison Ave at 34th St.

Free for SWINY Members
$10 for Nonmembers

Become a SWINY member and attend this event for free:


RSVP: Seating is limited; please RSVP by Monday, May 15:

Refund/cancellation Policy: SWINY will refund admission fees provided we are notified by noon on Monday, May 15.

Feb. 28: SWINY’s Annual Party (SushiSamba, 87 Seventh Ave South)


Tuesday, February 28, 6 – 9 pm


87 Seventh Ave South: Rooftop Party Room

Relax *  Enjoy *  Celebrate

With conversation, laughter, old friends, new friends, great food, excellent networking, and distinctive door prizes

Savor a unique blend of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisine, while enjoying the view at one of New York’s most beautiful rooftop restaurants

Party mascot Sir Francis Galton,  a cousin of Charles Darwin,  discovered the forensic value of fingerprints. Born near Birmingham, England, on February 16, 1822, this British polymath made significant contributions in several sciences including statistics, psychology, genetics,  and meteorology.



We share the cost — and your first glass of wine is on SWINY!

You pay:

  • 2017 Paid Members: $25 in advance/$30 at door
  • Nonmembers: $35 in advance/$40 at door*
  • Students: $15 in advance/$20 at door


*Join/renew for 2017 ($30 – PayPal or check) and pay member’s rate:

87 Seventh Ave South, corner of Barrow St.

A C E B D F M to West 4th St (walk west to Seventh Ave South);
1 to Christopher St (walk south on Seventh Ave South);
N Q R W to Prince St (walk west on Houston St, continue west on Bedford St, then north on Seventh Ave South;
4 6 to Bleecker St (walk west on Bleecker St, then north on Seventh Ave South)

Bus: M 14 along 14th St.

Note: Once inside, take the stairs on your right to the rooftop room.

Refund/cancellation Policy: SWINY will refund admission fees provided we are notified by noon on Monday, February 27.

Jan. 11: Why Do We Love, Why Do We Cheat? An Evening with Helen Fisher

Science Writers in New York invites you to spend

An evening with Helen Fisher

Anthropologist, Author, and Chief Scientific Advisor to

the most quoted scholar in the field of love in the world


Photo © Fabian Jimenez by YourTango

Whether speaking at TED South by Southwest, the World Economic Forum (Davos), the World Science Festival, or on CBS This Morning about the “Clooney Effect,” Dr. Fisher is asked to give her views on why we fall in love, stay in love, why we cheat, and what love does to us. Join us on January 11, as Dr. Fisher talks about her work, answers questions from the audience, and signs books that will be available for discount purchase.

Dr. Fisher is the author of many books about dating and romance including Anatomy of Love: A Natural History of Mating, Marriage, and Why We Stray, a contemporary classic about love which was first published in 1992 and was completely revised and updated in 2016.

Event  details are below. Space is limited, so please RSVP by January 3:

Helen Fisher, PhD, is a biological anthropologist and senior research fellow at the Kinsey Institute. She studies the evolution, brain systems (fMRI) and cross-cultural patterns of romantic love, mate choice, marriage, adultery, divorce, gender differences in the brain, personality/temperament, business personalities and the biology of leadership styles. She has written five internationally best-selling books and served as chief scientific advisor to and their subsidiary, She designed the questionnaire now taken by 13 million singles in 40 countries. She lectures worldwide; among her speeches are those at the World Economic Forum at Davos, the 2012 international meeting of the G-20, the National Academy of Sciences, The Economist, TED, United Nations, Smithsonian Institution, Salk Institute, Harvard Medical School, American Association for the Advancement of Science and The Aspen Institute. For her work in the media and the business community, Helen received the American Anthropological Association’s “Distinguished Service Award.” (See

Watch Dr. Fisher’s TED talk: Why We Love, Why We Cheat.

Watch her CBS This Morning episode on the “Clooney Effect.”

David Levine, SWINY co-chair, will introduce Dr. Fisher and moderate the Q&A.

Wednesday,  Jan 11, 2017
6 to 7:30 p.m.

Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL)
188 Madison Avenue @ 34th Street

Free for 2017 dues-paid SWINY members
$10 for nonmembers

Refund/cancellation Policy: SWINY will refund admission fees provided we are notified by noon on Tuesday, January 10th.