Science on Screen: War Games

Sponsored by IBM


Join us for a special adults’ night out at Discovery Place Science that showcases the inextricable link between artificial intelligence and gaming.

The evening will begin with a private viewing of the Museum’s latest traveling exhibition, Artificial Intelligence: Your Mind & the Machine.

At 6:30 p.m. Science on Screen: War Games will begin in the Discovery Theater with a keynote by IBM’s Phaedra Boinodiris on the fascinating intersections of games in war, diplomacy, recruiting and more.

Following the talk, there will be a screening of the 1983 film, War Games. Featuring Matthew Broderick, Ally Sheedy, John Wood and Dabney Coleman, the movie tells the story of a high school whiz kid who unwittingly hacks into a top-secret military computer created to remove human emotion from the act of war. Believing it is just a simulated war game, the teen accidentally activates the U.S. nuclear weapons control system, setting off World War II.

Come find out why, almost 40 years later, this 1980s Cold War thriller isn’t such science fiction after all.

Science on Screen: War Games is $15 per person. Advance ticket purchase is required as capacity is limited. Masks are required.

Science on Screen is an initiative of the COOLIDGE CORNER THEATRE, with major support from the ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION.

About Phaedra

A fellow with the London-based Royal Society of Arts, Boinodiris has focused on inclusion in technology since 1999. She is currently the business transformation leader for IBM’s Responsible AI consulting group and serves on the leadership team of IBM’s Academy of Technology. Boinodiris, co-founder of, is pursuing her Ph.D. in AI and Ethics at University College Dublin’s Smart Lab. In 2019, she won the United Nations Woman of Influence in STEM and Inclusivity Award and was recognized by Women in Games International as one of the Top 100 Women in the Games Industry.

  • Adult Programs
  • May 15
  • 5:15 pm
  • $15
  • Adults

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