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Nerd Nite East Bay: Dadbot, West Oak Archive, Synthetic Biology

From DAD to DADBOT: How Virtual Immortality Preserves People and Personality

Can technology save the voices of people you love after they pass away, and create new conversations? Hear how the Dadbot was created and preserved the conversation style and stories of James Vlahos’ father, and how near future voice computing and memory-sharing services will allow departed human personalities to live inside computers. Then consider the technical potential, key hurdles, ethical questions and social benefits of virtual immortality that will exist beyond the human body.

Speaker: James Vlahos, HereAfter.ai

Oakland’s Postwar Redevelopment Projects in Archival Photographs

Urban renewal programs in West Oakland built highways and infrastructure, and also forced nine thousand West Oakland residents from their homes and destroyed the architecture of a thriving community of color. Recently 40,000 Oakland Redevelopment Agency photographs documenting the city’s transformation from 1964-2000 were rediscovered, and they provide a counter narrative to the modern focus on ruin porn declension narratives. Instead, they remind us that many contemporary communities organized against West Oakland urban renewal, with responses that continue to have a lasting grassroots impact. See photographs of Oakland redevelopment, and learn how photography archives can point the way towards historical truth.

Speaker: Moriah Ulinskas, UC Santa Barbara

Using Synthetic Biology and Artificial Intelligence to Design Novel Cells

See how new synthetic biology is designing life to unique specifications, and how breakthrough artificial intelligence is crucial to the next generation of this technology. From the creation of coats made of spider silk that didn’t come from spiders to renewable biofuels using plants as the only input, new products rely on the ability of AI to combine, tweak, design and create new, living, and supremely functional cells. Learn how machine learning is enhancing novel synthetic biology, and consider how this will impact the modern world.

Speaker: Hector Garcia Martin, Berkeley Lab

Monday, 01/27/20


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1928 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94612

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