Thought Gallery: Three Virtual Events To Keep You Busy This Week

Consider these recommendations for upcoming virtual talks, readings and more in and around New York City:

Brian Christian: The Future of AI
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 6 p.m.
Commonwealth Club
Live stream only
AI has come a long way, but author Brian Christian argues that it will never be able to displace humanity where empathy and connection are required. He’ll share the insights in his new book, The Alignment Problem: Machine Learning and Human Values, and ask “What happens when our machines outsmart us, or an enemy outsmarts our systems? How do we realign?” (free).

Virtual Author Talk and Signing: “My Creative Space” by Donald M. Rattner, Architect
Thursday, Oct. 15, 7 p.m.
Greenwich Library
Live stream only
Wall colors, the direction you face, and even the height of your ceilings can affect your creativity. Learn more from architect Donald M. Rattner as he presents his new book, My Creative Space: How to Design Your Home to Stimulate Ideas and Spark Innovation, and its 48 science-based techniques (free).

The Mystery of Anastasia: Using Science to Tell a Story
Friday, Oct. 16, 4 p.m.
Simons Foundation
Live stream only
Solve one of the great mysteries of the 20th century with the Simons Foundation and Amanda McBrien, Assistant Director of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s DNA Learning Center (DNALC), who will tell the story of Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov and the forensic evidence that set the record straight (free).

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