Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous of 15 September 2020

Exploring the Frontiers of Knowledge and Imagination, Fostering Interdisciplinary Networking
15 September 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.
See below for location and agenda.
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Program (the order of the speakers might change):
  • 7:00-7:25: Julia Thompson (USF) on "TBA" Abstract forthcoming... Read more
  • 7:25-7:50: David Stork (Rambus Labs) on "TBA" Abstract forthcoming... 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: Ranu Mukherjee (Media Artist) on "TBA" Abstract forthcoming... Read more
  • 8:35-9:00: David William Bates (UC Berkeley) on "The History and Theory of Artificial Intelligence" Abstract forthcoming... Read more
  • Discussions, networking You can mingle with the speakers and the audience

Bios:
  • David Bates is Associate Professor in the Department of Rhetoric at UC Berkeley. He was the director of the Berkeley Center for New Media (2010-13) and co-organize, with Abigail de Kosnick (TDPS), the BCNM lecture series History and Theory of New Media. He chaired the Rhetoric department from 2014-17. He received his PhD in European History from the University of Chicago. Since coming to Berkeley in 1999, he has been working on two main research tracks: one on the history of legal and political ideas, and the other on the relationship between technology, science, and the history of human cognition. He is completing a book, "An Artificial History of Natural Intelligence", that probes the emergence of human thinking as an entanglement of machine technologies, somatic processes, media practices, and social/political organization. Another book project is "The Concept of the Political in the Age of Intelligent Machines", a critical history of the intersection between technology and political theory in the twentieth century that focuses on the political dimensions of cybernetics and AI and the technological aspects of political concepts.
  • Ranu Mukherjee is...
  • David Stork is...
  • Julia Thompson 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.

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