Unveiling the Minds of Machines
A Stroll through Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
The Lounge at Iwan Ries, 19 S. Wabash Av, 2d Floor
Tuesday, January 30, 2024, 5:30-8:30 pm
Reservations are required.


Indulge your intellect and your palate as we embark on an evening of exploration into the realms of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML). Join us for an engaging talk that demystifies the wonders of technology, all while enjoying the refined pleasures of fine cigars and exquisite Scotch.

Unraveling the Mystique of AI.  Dive into the fascinating world of Artificial Intelligence, where machines mimic human intelligence to perform tasks ranging from speech recognition to decision-making. Learn about the evolution of AI, its impact on daily life, and the captivating possibilities it holds for the future.

Decoding Machine Learning.  Explore the inner workings of Machine Learning, the driving force behind AI's prowess. Discover how algorithms empower machines to learn from data, adapt to new information, and make predictions. We'll demystify the complexities of ML and unveil its transformative potential across diverse industries.

Real-World Applications.  From healthcare to finance, and from self-driving cars to personalized recommendations, witness how AI and ML are reshaping the landscape of our lives. Gain insights into the practical applications that are already revolutionizing the way we work, live, and interact with the world.

Sip, Savor, and Stimulate.  As you enjoy a selection of premium cigars and sip on exceptional Scotch, let the flavors and aromas complement the richness of our AI and ML discussion. Engage in conversations that blend the sophistication of technology with the refined pleasures of a connoisseur's evening.

Q&A Session.  Have burning questions about AI and ML? Our speaker, a seasoned expert in the field, will be delighted to answer your inquiries. Whether you're curious about ethical considerations, future advancements, or the impact on society, this is your chance to delve deeper into the conversation.

Prepare for an evening that stimulates both the mind and the senses—a fusion of intellectual exploration, technological marvels, and the pleasures of the finer things in life. Cheers to an unforgettable journey into the heart of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning!

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This will be an in-person event in The Lounge at Iwan Ries, 19 S. Wabash Av, 2d Floor.

Cocktails and cigars at 5:30pm, with the presentation to begin at 6:00 and last about 45 minutes,

followed by a very active Q&A session, and more cocktails.

$60 includes lounge fees, cigars, premium open bar, and food.


Register for this event.



Adam Steelelongtime Cigar Society member, adventurer, and resident polymath, teaches computer science at DePaul University. His areas of expertise include human-computer interactions and software engineering. He last spoke to the Cigar Society in February 2019, when he talked about Gold Fever: A History and Personal History of Gold Mining in the Yukon. Adam holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Concordia University in Montreal. Before joining the faculty at DePaul, Adam held research and development positions at Rockwell Collins and M3i Systems.


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ONE OF THE OLDEST AND greatest traditions of the city clubs of Chicago is the discussion of intellectual, social, legal, artistic, historical, scientific, musical, theatrical, and philosophical issues in the company of educated, bright, and appropriately provocative individuals, all under the beneficent influence of substantial amounts of tobacco and spirits.  The Cigar Society of Chicago embraces this tradition and extends it with its Informal SmokersUniversity Series lectures, and Cigar Society Dinners, in which cigars, and from time-to-time pipes and cigarettes, appear as an important component of our version of the classical symposium. To be included in the Cigar Society's mailing list, write to the secretary at