CANCELED: "Three L.A.S.E.R. talks: Heliocene, Metaverse and Crypto/VR Art"

Sponsored by School of Humanities and Sciences, Chemical Engineering, Continuing Studies, Office of the Dean, School of Medicine


Wednesday, December 8, 2021
06:00 pm – 08:00 pm
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This evening will feature three presentations:

- Summer Praetorius (USGS Geologist) on "The Heliocene"

- Amelia Winger-Bearskin (Media Artist, University of Florida) on "Visual Storytelling with Bleeding-edge Technologies"

- Eran Kahana (Stanford Law School) on "The Metaverse and its Potential Impact on Agency for Artificial Intelligence Entities"

Summer Praetorius is a Research Geologist in the Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center of USGS. Since joining the USGS in 2016, she has been developing high-resolution paleoceanographic records  from the North Pacific to better understand past climate dynamics in this region and interactions with the global climate system. Her recent work has focused largely on oceanographic changes in the North Pacific from the last Ice Age through the Holocene period.  Her research interests include the dynamics of abrupt climate change, the history and climate impacts of the Missoula Floods, interactions between volcanism and climate in the past, ocean hypoxia, and coastal archaeological shell middens as paleoceanographic archives.

Amelia Winger-Bearskin is an artist and a Banks Family Preeminence Endowed Chair and Associate Professor of Artificial Intelligence and the Arts at the Digital Worlds Institute at the University of Florida. She is the inventor of Honor Native Sky, a project for the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture's Honor Native Land Initiative. She founded Wampum.Codes which is both an award-winning podcast and an ethical framework for software development based on indigenous values of co-creation. She continued her research in 2021 at Stanford as their artist and technologist in residence made possible by the Stanford Visiting Artist Fund in Honor of Roberta Bowman Denning. The non-profit she founded IDEA New Rochelle, in partnership with the New Rochelle Mayor's Office, won the 2018 $1 Million Dollar Bloomberg Mayor's Challenge for their VR/AR Citizen toolkit to help the community co-design their city.

Eran Kahana is an attorney concentrating his practice on cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and intellectual property law. In addition, Eran is a fellow at Stanford Law School and an advisory board member of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Law Society. He is the co-author of the book The Law of Artificial Intelligence and Smart Machines. Eran works closely with the FBI, Department of Justice, Secret Service, and colleagues from the private and academic sectors to promote and sustain cybersecurity best practices. To that end, Eran serves as general counsel of InfraGard (Minnesota Chapter), and as a member of the governance committee of the InfraGard National Members Alliance, a public-private sector organization affiliated with the FBI. He also serves on the Advisory Board of MN Cyber, an organization dedicated to position Minnesota as a national leader in cybersecurity.

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The LASERs (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous), chaired by cultural historian Piero Scaruffi, are an international program of evening gatherings that bring together artists, scientists, inventors and scholars in a variety of disciplines for informal presentations and conversation with an audience.

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