Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous of 12 May 2020

Exploring the Frontiers of Knowledge and Imagination, Fostering Interdisciplinary Networking
12 May 2020, 7pm
c/o University of San Francisco
Fromm Hall - Berman Room
2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco
Chaired by Piero Scaruffi and Tami Spector

The LASERs are an international program of evening gatherings that bring artists and scientists together for informal presentations and conversation with an audience. See the program for the whole series and the dates for the Bay Area.

Leonardo ISAST and USF invite you to a meeting of the Leonardo Art/Science community. The event is free and open to everybody. Like previous evenings, the agenda includes some presentations of art/science projects, news from the audience, and time for casual socializing/networking.
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Program (the order of the speakers might change):
  • 7:00-7:25: Michel Maharbiz (UC Berkeley/ Computer Science) on "Neural Dust" Abstract forthcoming... Read more
  • 7:25-7:50: Aja Duniven (Animate) on "Gamification of Altruistic Action: Gamifying nonprofit outreach for greater impact" Turning everyday activities into games to further fundraising, education, and outreach... Read more
  • 7:50-8:10: BREAK. Before or after the break, anyone in the audience currently working within the intersections of art and science will have 30 seconds to share their work. Please present your work as a teaser so that those who are interested can seek you out during social time following the event.
  • 8:10-8:35: Sadie Wilcox (Media Artist) on "TBA" Abstract forthcoming... Read more
  • 8:35-9:00: Aaron Marcus (User-interface Designer) on "Typography Dreaming" An experimental visible language design... Read more
  • Discussions, networking You can mingle with the speakers and the audience

  • Aja Duniven, who studied astrophysics at the University of Colorado Boulder, is founder and CEO of Animate Inc as well as founder of Global Peace Train and president of the Coalition for Collaborative Development. Aja has led media production and community empowerment teams on 5 continents and designed products and eCommerce platforms for those communities. Aja rides the cutting edge of emerging cryptocurrency, augmented, virtual and mixed reality technologies and is dedicated to implementing these technologies in creative gameplay that brings benefit to all beings of our world. She has worked with women in the slums of Kenya, the Lakota of Pine Ridge Reservation, the homeless population in the US, youth transitioning out of gangs, those suffering with mental illness, survivors of abuse, animals and more. Aja has developed Augmented Reality applications that are available on itunes and google play stores, she produces and directs 360 video content and is the Founder and Creative Lead for the Presentville Game. Aja thrives leading teams creating 2D video, animation, 360 video, augmented, virtual and mixed reality content that benefits the world. Her passion in these emerging technologies includes apps for meditation, nonprofits, empathy building, altruistic games, personal development, art and mixed reality (device free) storytelling.
  • Michel Maharbiz (UC Berkeley/ Computer Science) is a Professor with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on the extreme miniaturization of technology focused on building synthetic interfaces to cells and organisms. He is one of the inventors of "neural dust", an ultrasonic interface for vanishingly small implants in the body. His group is also known for developing the world's first remotely radio-controlled cyborg beetles. This was named one of the top ten emerging technologies of 2009 by MIT's Technology Review (TR10) and was in Time Magazine's Top 50 Inventions of 2009. Prof. Maharbiz received his B.S. from Cornell University and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley under nanotechnologist Professor Roger T. Howe (EECS) and synthetic biologist Professor Jay D. Keasling (ChemE); his thesis work led to the foundation of Microreactor Technologies, Inc. which was acquired in 2009 by Pall Corporation. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE (Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society) and a member of the Society for Neuroscience. Prof. Maharbiz is a Chan-Zuckerberg (CZ) Biohub Investigator (2017), a Bakar Fellow (2014), recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2009), a GE Scholar and an Intel IMAP Fellow. Michel's long term goal is understanding developmental mechanisms as a way to engineer and fabricate machines.
  • Aaron Marcus, Principal, Aaron Marcus and Associates, Berkeley, California, was the first graphic designer to work with computers (1967) and is a pioneer UX designer and computer graphics artist. He is Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, User Experience; Editor, Information Design Journal; Advisory Board, Visible Language; Editorial Board, International Journal of HCI, and Chair, Design, User Experience, and Usability Conferences. A Fellow of the AIGA and a member of the CHI Academy, he taught at Princeton, Yale, the Hebrew University and Bezalel/Jerusalem, and was recently Visiting Professor, Institute of Design, IIT, Chicago, and College of Design and Innovation/Tongji University, Shanghai. He has exhibited his UX/graphic design/art work worldwide and was included in ICOGRADA's Master Designers of the Twentieth Century, 2000. He has published 37 books and 350+ articles. He has lectured/tutored worldwide at major UX/HCI conferences since 1980. AM+A has designed, researched, implemented, and evaluated approximately 500 user interfaces for about 300 clients worldwide, including Apple, HP, Kaiser, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, US Federal Reserve Bank, and Visa. His art/design works are in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Letterform Archive/San Francisco, the Computer History Museum/Mountain View, the Victoria and Albert Museum/London, and RIT's Vignelli Graphic Design Center Archive/Rochester.
  • Sadie Wilcox is...
  • Piero Scaruffi is a cultural historian who has lectured in three continents and published several books on Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science, the latest one being "The Nature of Consciousness" (2006). He pioneered Internet applications in the early 1980s and the use of the World-Wide Web for cultural purposes in the mid 1990s. His poetry has been awarded several national prizes in Italy and the USA. His latest book of poems and meditations is "Synthesis" (2009). As a music historian, he has published ten books, the latest ones being "A History of Rock and Dance Music" (2009) and "A History of Jazz Music" (2007). His latest book of history is "A History of Silicon Valley" (2011). The first volume of his free ebook "A Visual History of the Visual Arts" appeared in 2012. His latest book is "Intelligence is not Artificial" (2013). He has also written extensively about cinema and literature. He founded the Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) in 2008. Since 2015 he has been commuting between California and China, where several of his books have been translated.
  • Danielle Wright is the Executive Director of the North American Sustainable Refrigeration Council (NASRC) a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the environmental impact of commercial refrigeration. For the past decade, she has worked in energy efficiency and sustainability of the built environment with a special focus on refrigeration. Her goal is to create solutions that produce positive business outcomes and environmental benefits.

Extended abstracts:

Abstract forthcoming

Abstract forthcoming

Aaron Marcus will discuss his experimental visible language design (including works in the collection of the Computer History Museum, SFMOMA, and BAMPFA), as he has engaged with signs, symbols, and typographic compositions for over 65 years.

Global Peace Train, a Colorado-based nonprofit, turns everyday activities into games to further fundraising, education, and outreach. Executive Director, Aja Duniven, created a technique for nonprofit leaders to engage their populace using a toy or stuffed animal as a way to research the issues the community is facing and create an avatar to establish the gameplay and begin the creation story. The avatars are uploaded into augmented and virtual reality and used with blockchain technology to prove altruistic outcomes and tell inspiring stories. Aja's presentation will include real-world examples of this technology in action, focusing on the Sammy Bear avatar, connected to sustainable housing and the challenges that come with homelessness.

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