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From Karen Marcelo

time:
7:00pm social hour 8:00pm presentations
Jan 31 2018

place:
Monument
140 9th St
San Francisco, CA
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Monument
140 9th St
San Francisco, CA

Steve DiPaola - Computational/Cognitive Modelling of Expression & Creativity

What is the state of the art using cognitive inspired AI in emerging media like VR/AR? Using computational and AI techniques including Deep Learning, DiPaola will demo his research lab (ivizlab.sfu.ca) work, in modeling how humans are creative, how humans express themselves in systems that simulate interactive talking 3D emotive characters and semantic creative output with applications in cognitive science, health, education and the arts. Specifically Steve's lab is working with sensing (facial emotion/gaze, body/hand movement, on body biosensing, ..) and large semantic/creative corpus to better incorporate human experience into the VR/AR/interactive media.

DiPaola is the past Dir of Cognitive Science and Prof at SFU. Before SFU, as faculty DiPaola taught the first VR Course at Stanford in 2002 and is known as an expert in computation models that emulate fine art painters and human emotive faces (are creative on their own) detailed in > 100 published papers and showcased in the journal Nature. He has directed R&D groups at Electronic Arts, Saatchi Interactive and SV startups. His AI/digital artwork has been shown at museum and galleries world wide including the AIR and Tibor de Nagy galleries in NYC, the Whitney Museum and the Smithsonian.


http://www.dipaola.org

Matt Gordon - Perfect is the Enemy of Good: Making Dangrous Art from Tooth and Nail

Matt Gordon is a physicist and software engineer. He and his art group Hydrocarbon Collective produced Torch Song, a 15' kinetic fire art sculpture that they brought to Burning Man in 2017. It was his first grant-funded art piece, and the largest and most complex piece he has ever attempted by an order of magnitude. He will give a tour of the structure, mechanism, control, safety and reliability considerations involved in Torch Song. In addition he will discuss the learning process involved in producing new, novel and complex art from the standpoint of a generalist, and the process of learning to learn how to make things in general.

Matt Gordon is the founder of Hydrobarbon Collective an art organization with the motto "Because Art Should Be Dangerous". He holds a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is the author of a 10-minute musical about the life of the Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe and is the head of Machine Learning for Kairos Aerospace. He likes to learn to do new things.


http://www.hydrocarboncollective.org/torch_song.html
http://www.hydrocarboncollective.org

Josiah Zayner - The Rise of the Biohacker and a New Era of Humanity

What if you could genetically modify yourself in your apartment? Would you do it? Biohackers are bringing about the genetic engineering of humans outpacing even the most well funded research institutions and companies. Come hear Josiah's story and learn what is happening in the biohacker underground.

Dr. Josiah Zayner is a Biohacker and CEO who is constantly pushing the boundaries of Science outside traditional environments including human genetic engineering. After his Ph.D., he worked at NASA's Synthetic Biology program, genetically engineering bacteria to help terraform Mars. He left NASA to found The ODIN, a company that makes genetic engineering available to consumers at home. His work has been featured in Time, Scientifc American, Le Monde, Businessweek, The Guardian, and NPR among many others. He enjoys Whiskey and Red Bull, sometimes together.

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Press:

Epic DorkbotSF by Rudy Rucker March 2012

Knowing is Half the Battle - Jon Korn and Nerd Nite SF's Guite to Geeking Out in San Francisco   posted by Jon Korn the bold italic March 2012

BB Video: Tank Tour - One of the World's Largest Collections of Historic Military Technology   posted by Xeni Jardin BoingBoing June 2009

The art of living dangerously   by Annalee Newitz New Scientist July 2006 Issue 2560
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dorkbot: Warehouse of Wild, Weird, and Wonderful Projects   by David Pescovitz   Make Magazine Premiere Issue 2005

dorkbot-sf is a spinoff of dorkbot-nyc which is
"a monthly meeting of artists (sound/image/movement/whatever), designers, engineers, students and other interested parties from the new york area who are involved in the creation of electronic art (in the broadest sense of the term.)"

the purpose of dorkbot is to

  • give artists/programmers/engineers an opportunity for informal peer review
  • establish a forum for the presentation of new art works/technology/software/hardware
  • help establish relationships and foster collaboration between people with various backgrounds and interests
  • give us all a chance to see the cool things that our neighbors are working on

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