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Todd Huffman's slides

Video of Annalee Newitz Talk from James Young
Video of Eric Gradman's Talk from James Young
Video of Todd Huffman's Talk from James Young

7:30pm Wednesday
21 April 2010

Gray Area Foundation For The Arts
55 Taylor Street
San Francisco, CA


Suggested donation of $5-$20 to GAFFTA but no one turned away for lack of funds.


Todd Huffman - The Front Lines of Geek Imperialism

Imperialism -- extending influence, building empires. It's been done by the Persians, Romans, British, French, Russians, McDonalds and CNN. Can we, the geeks, build a kinder, gentler, and more enlightened world through propagating our ideas, ideals and methods? Come see a first-person perspective of cultural and technological shifts across the globe, and what can and should be done as we humans move forward.

Todd Huffman is a freelance technologist, ranging across biology, mobile technology, communications, and the developing world.

Eric Gradman - The Cloud Mirror: Your Virtual Self is Leaking

You gaze into the Cloud Mirror, and it gazes deep into you. It will violate your privacy, especially if you carelessly litter the Internet with sensitive personal details. The Cloud Mirror is an art piece which temporarily merges visitors' online identities with their physical selves. It uses augmented reality, computer vision, accesses many Internet web services in parallel using cloud computing resources to identify visitors by name; mine the Internet for photographs and facts (dirt) about them; and superimpose that data in an on-screen comic book thought bubble that follows them onscreen.

Eric will talk a little about the interactive art that's been coming out of SyynLabs in Los Angeles, and the games that have been coming out of the Virsix Game Lab.

Eric Gradman is an interactive artist in Los Angeles, CA. His work often features computer vision, large-scale projections, unusual sensors, and custom electronics to produce fun environments that compel people to interact.

He is a frequent speaker on robotics and interactive systems. He is co-founder of Virsix, an immersive entertainment company in Los Angeles; SyynLabs, a Los Angeles-based tech-art collective; and a founding member of Crashspace LA, Los Angeles' first hackerspace.

Eric's work has been seen at various conferences and events, including Sundance Film Festival, Los Angeles Brewery ArtWalk, TEDxUSC, TEDxBerkeley, Opportunity Green Conference, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), BIL, TEDActive, and the Los Angeles Hammer Museum.

Annalee Newitz - Revenge of the Meatsack, Or Four Arguments Against Immortality

A lot of science fiction promises us a future where we are immortal, enhanced posthumans. And scientists are trying to make that happen. But immortality isn't all that it's cracked up to be. In this presentation I'll offer four arguments against immortality, both as a scientific/technical phenomenon and a social goal.

Annalee Newitz writes about science, technology, and pop culture. Currently she's the editor in chief of, a blog about science fiction and the future. She's published articles in Wired, 2600, The Washington Post, New Scientist, Popular Science, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. She's the author of Pretend We're Dead: Capitalist Monsters In American Pop Culture, and the co-editor of the essay collection She's Such A Geek. Formerly, she was the policy analyst at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and a lecturer in American Studies at UC Berkeley. She was the recipient of a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at MIT.

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