The LASER series began in 2008 in San Francisco under the aegis of Leonardo ISAST as a local forum for presenting art and science projects underway in the Bay Area. The LASERs now alternate between USF and Stanford, with a parallel series in DC at the National Academy of Sciences. The mission of the LASERs is to provide the general public with a snapshot of the cultural environment of a region and to foster interdisciplinary networking. Each evening presents four artists, scientists, philosophers, historians, inventors, scholars who are working on paradigm shifts. Each evening also allows the audience to socialize and encourages people in the audience to briefly introduce their work.
* 6:45pm-7:00pm: Socializing/networking.
* 7:00-9:00: Presentations
* Visual artist Carina Earl will discuss art inspired by our current framework of knowledge about the universe and evolution
* Luke Muehlhauser, executive director of the Singularity Institute, will discuss the promises and perils of Superhuman Artificial Intelligence
* Shadow artist Christine Marie will introduce us to cinematic shadows and stereoscopic objects
* Helene Mialet (UC Berkeley) will explore the reality of cyborgs through the life of a man who is permanently attached to a network of machines: the physicist Stephen Hawking.
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.
Free and open to public.