KEEP TUNED FOR UP COMING 2012 EVENTS!
July 24th (3-5pm PST, Online)
"Predictably Irrational" Virtual Event w/ Prof Dan Ariely
Prof. Ariely is a visiting Prof. at the MIT Media Lab (he technically belongs to the Duke faculty but has been at MIT for a long time) his research deals with how me make choices, mostly economic ones, and why we usually make very irrational ones. His two books "Predictably Irrational" and "The Upside of Irrationality" are New York Times best sellers and cover his many years of research into the subject. His research has been published in leading psychology, economics, and business journals, and has been featured occasionally in the popular press. He is also a regular contributor to NPR's Marketplace.
Prof. Ariely is a luminary in the field of behavioral economics and this is really a one of a kind opportunity to hear him speak at length about his areas of research.
June 12th (6-8pm PST, West Hollywood)
The Internet Remapped with Prof. Jeff Burke - UCLA (VIDEO TO COME SOON)
Prof. Burke is the head of REMAP, a joint effort of the UCLA School of Film and Television and the UCLA School of Engineering. His research is mostly into the use of new technology in visual art and the future of the Internet. He is part of a team that has just been awarded a $7.2M grant from the National Science Foundation to design the next generation of the internet. His talk will cover what his vision for the future of the internet it.
This is a rare opportunity to learn very early about the ways he and his team are proposing to redesign the internet and our everyday lives as well as about his work as an artist and the work of REMAP.
June 25th (12-2pm PST, Online)
The Invisible Gorilla Virtual Roundtable (VIDEO TO COME SOON)
A Virtual Round Table discussion with Prof. Daniel Simons and Prof. Christopher Chabris (authors of "The Invisible Gorilla")
Prof. Simons of the University of Chicago and Prof. Chabris of MIT center for collective intelligence research the limitations of the human mind when it comes to seeing and understanding the world around us. Their book deals with common cognitive errors like thinking we notice everything we're looking at (the gorilla experiment is a shocking example of how off the mark that thought is), like thinking we remember all or at least most of what we see and that our memories are non transient, thinking authority is transferable from one subject to another and many others.
Prof. Chabris and Simons have agreed to be part of a virtual round table – the idea being that they will give a 15 minute presentation and then would get into a back and forth with the rest of the participants. Joining them on the panel will be Jonathan Keeton - VFX supervisor, fine artist and executive creative director at Pixomondo, Robert Stadd- VFX supervisor on movies like The Hangover Pt. 2, Public Enemies and Miami Vice and Vico Sharabani - commercial VFX supervisor, creative director and musician.
This event will be held virtually (online) with each of the round table participants logging in as if to a video conference call. The viewers will be able to interact and ask questions via chat.
July 9th (5-7pm PST, West Hollywood)
"Our Powers of Implicit Perception" – with Prof. Lawrence Rosenblum, UC Riverside (VIDEO TO COME SOON)
Lawrence Rosenblum is a Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside. He has published more than forty scientific articles on audiovisual, face and general autditory perception and multisensory integration. He has been the recipient of multiple National Science Foundation and National Institute of Health grants for his research on multimodal speech integration and has received a grant from the National Federation of the Blind for his research on the audibility of hybrid cars. He will be discussing his recent book, See What I’m Saying: The Extraordinary Powers of Our Five Senses, which argues that we have a set of amazing and surprising perceptual skills that occur just below the level of consciousness. He will describe some extraordinary individuals who have learned to hone these skills (a blind mountain biker who echolocates; a deaf woman who lipreads for the FBI) and argue that the brain’s plasticity allows each and every one of us to improve these typically untapped skills.