San Francisco

Machine Learning and Our Cities

Lunchtime Forum

Photo courtesy of Anthony O'Neil

We're improving the SPUR event registration process.
Later this month, we will launch a new ticketing system. We ask that you register for each event you're planning to attend through the link in the Admission section below. This will help us keep you informed of any changes and better tailor our schedules and offerings.


Machine learning, the ability of computers to use algorithms and statistical models to perform tasks without explicit instructions, has the potential to alter nearly every aspect of our daily lives — far beyond, for example, a digital assistant curating specific lines and images from news articles based on our past browsing history. In fact, many of the most profound changes may occur unseen, as machine learning shapes and reforms the world around us. Come learn about the vast world, and potential outcomes, of this nascent form of artificial intelligence.

+ Scott Mauvais / Microsoft
+ Camille Crittenden / CITRIS Policy Lab at UC Berkeley
+ Brandie Nonnecke / CITRIS Policy Lab at UC Berkeley


Free to the public. Our first event of the month in each city is free to everyone.

Refund Policy

Sponsorship payments: Will not be refunded, as sponsorship benefits take effect immediately and are on-going through the date of the event.

Auxiliary Services

If, in order to participate in a SPUR event, you need auxiliary aids or services for a disability (e.g., qualified interpreter, qualified reader, written materials, taped texts) please submit your request five business days before the event to [email protected] or 415-781-8726 x132. SPUR will work with you in identifying effective auxiliary aids or services that it can provide. If you need to cancel your request, please notify SPUR at least two business days before the event.