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Jer has more than two decades of experience speaking to audiences about data, technology and creativity. He has spoken to CEOs and students, designers and coders, teachers and politicians, in sold-out conference halls and intimate retreats.

Jer’s talks on have been watched by more than a half-million people. Recently, he has delivered keynote presentations at The Library of Congress, MIT’s Media Lab, The American Museum of Natural History, MoMA, and NASA’ s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) in Pasadena. 

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About AI*

*But Were Afraid to Ask


Is ChatGPT sentient? Can a machine really make art? Will an AI steal your job?

In this engaging, highly visual, and occasionally hilarious talk, Jer Thorp will lead you on a hype-free tour through A.I.’s newest frontiers. You’ll find out about neural networks and large language models, training sets and machine hallucinations. Jer has been at the forefront of A.I. research for years, and he draws on his experience with the A.I. Now Institute (at NYU) and Knowing Machines (with NYU and USC) to show you exactly how machine learning works—and the myriad ways in which it can fail.


Part primer, part provocation, this talk will change the way you think about AI, and help you better understand the future we’re all stepping into.

To book Jer to speak at your event or to your organization, please contact The Lavin Agency.


"Making Data More Human",, 2009

"Data & Humans: A Love Story", The Library of Congress, 2017

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