The Morality of Drones: World Science Festival at MOMI June 2

The World Science Festival, co-founded by Columbia University physicist Brian Greene, Emmy-winning journalist and news producer Tracy Day, and Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actor Alan Alda, is an annual showcase of science through public events around New York City. The Museum of the Moving Image and Science & Film are co-presenting a live program of the popular CUNY TV series SCIENCE GOES TO THE MOVIES on June 2 at 7:30pm with the festival. Neuroscientist Heather Berlin and journalist Faith Salie will discuss drone technology and the morality of using semi-autonomous drones in the military showing clips from films such as Gavin Hood’s EYE IN THE SKY and Andrew Niccol’s GOOD KILL. They will include Dr. Bertram Malle, a professor of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences at Brown University, and Wendell Wallach, an ethicist and scholar at Yale University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, in a discussion of these issues.

Other science and film offerings at the Festival include:

AWAKENING THE MIND: A CELEBRATION OF THE LIFE AND WORK OF OLIVER SACKS will open the Festival. Directed by John Plummer, this is a multi-media production combining stories from Sacks’ life and work with visual effects.

LIGHT FALLS: SPACE, TIME, AND AN OBSESSION WITH EINSTEIN, directed by Scott Farris, combines live storytelling with animation to chart Einstein’s discovery of general relativity.

SCIENCE ON STAGE AND SCREEN will feature Alan Alda, writer and director Matt Brown, writer Peter Parnell, and playwright Anna Ziegler. The panel will discuss the dramatization of science in such films as THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY and such plays as PHOTOGRAPH 51.

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is a founding sponsor of the World Science Festival. The Festival will take place June 1-5, 2016. Past programs at the Museum of the Moving Image have included a screening and discussion of the Sloan-supported film THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT.

Science & Film has previously covered SCIENCE GOES TO THE MOVIES, including episodes on zombies and nanotechnology. Tickets for the June 2 event are on sale now.